Twickenham Labour Party chair David Harley thanks Labour supporters and Parliamentary candidate Nick Grant for their work in the 2015 election campaign.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard for a Labour victory over the past few months. Whilst it was clearly a disappointing night for the party, we are pleased to have seen an uplift in local support both here in Twickenham and across the river in Richmond Park. This would not have happened without your hard work and belief in our candidates, so thank you very much for your time, effort and support for the Labour message.
I would also like to pay tribute to our inspiring and tireless candidate Nick Grant, who fought an exceptionally effective campaign to ensure, with your vital help, that Labour's voice was heard loud and clear throughout the constituency.
It is also fantastic news that Ruth Cadbury won back Brentford and Isleworth for Labour. Many of us in the local party responded to the call to support the campaign in this target seat, and such a close result shows that we truly made a difference there.
It’s important to stress that we have some real local success stories which we can be rightly proud of, and also a sense of momentum to take forward with us into the future. A lot of you played an active role in our campaign here in Twickenham, knocking on doors, delivering leaflets and engaging with people across the constituency.
This campaign made a real impact locally, increasing our profile and touching thousands of people. As a result, we have been contacted by many local people who have joined the party since the election result, and also by many existing members who have got in touch to say they want to get more involved. There is a great opportunity for us to channel this enthusiasm and build momentum ahead of next year’s Mayoral election, local elections in 2018, and of course the general election in 2020.
Our 2015 election campaign can become a springboard to build Twickenham Labour Party into a vital voice for the area, speaking up for everyone who wants to live in a better Britain which promotes equality of opportunity and leaves no one behind. We are excited about the opportunities we have to do this, but this will only become a reality if it is driven by the people who make up the Labour movement in Twickenham. We all need to make it happen together.
As we move forward, I hope that you will have your say in what Twickenham Labour Party can be and play your part in making that happen. Please get in touch with us, come to party meetings, and help us to build on this exciting opportunity for the Labour party here where we live.
Our next meeting is on Monday 1st of June at 77 Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8LA. Please do come along if you are able to make it. Many thanks once again for all your efforts, and I look forward to seeing you at a party meeting very soon.
David Harley, Chair of Twickenham Labour Party