- to everyone who supported our Labour Party campaign for the District Elections on Thursday 22nd September 2016.
In spite of all the negative Press and TV coverage surrounding the differences which threatened to split our Party – so many members and supporters remained loyal to the Party, stayed focussed, steadfast and determined to continue our local work – and against all the odds we provided the community in Teignmouth with a `Labour` choice on their ballot papers . This in itself is an achievement.
The Election Result: The turnout was poor, only between 24%–26% of eligible voters for each of the districts. And Labour achieved around 10% of the votes in every case. We were not successful this time – the Conservatives took East Teignmouth and the others went to Lib Dem. However, in view of Labour’s recent difficulties – we did very well for a town with a strong Conservative/Lib Dem hold. Therefore, we should congratulate ourselves. We can build upon this experience, learn from it, plan, prepare, organise and do much better next time. In fact, we will have another chance next May.
A tremendous effort by all of those involved - very much appreciated. Many thanks to:-
our candidates– Malcolm Tipper, Ruth Warburton and Bruce Mattock - for their willingness to stand forward to represent the people of Teignmouth on behalf of our Party;
our voters for choosing Labour in the polling stations and postal votes;
our donors for providing sufficient funding to conduct this campaign;
our researchers for collecting and summarising the main concerns of our community which formed the basis of our flyer;
our team of volunteers who helped put together, print, organise routes and deliver the flyers;
our organisers and volunteers who set up the Street Stall on 17th September and were keen to meet and greet the public, and hand out flyers;
our supporters and members who spread the word, told all their friends, neighbours, family and colleagues or shared our facebook and twitter posts;
all those who helped to promote our Party or candidates in other seen or unseen ways;
our Branch Chairman and Branch Secretary for overseeing the whole campaign.
Nothing is ever wasted - everything anyone does for the good of our Party will count towards building a solid base upon which we can grow and thrive in the future. Don’t under-estimate the strides forward we have made. We have come a long way.
People will judge us by what we say and what we do – but our actions will speak much louder than our words. Therefore, we must continue to work hard; to reach out to our community and offer our help; to behave with care, concern and grace towards our residents; and to provide an alternative political Party which is ready and willing to take responsibility at the local level and also ready to be a Party of government in the not too distant future.
Inevitably, the effects of the Conservative’s austerity policies will become much worse here in Teignmouth - more cuts, loss of services, hospitals and NHS, more unemployment, poverty, homelessness, lack of affordable housing, loss of educational or training opportunities, loss of EU funding, drop in tourism as money become tighter, and so on – the list is long.
And … The Labour Party will be here and ready for government, offering a different kind of vision for politics. We will be needed - and most people will not be in any doubt about that. Our policies will invest in the infrastructure, kick-start growth in the economy and we will bring back hope, opportunities, prosperity, better health and social care, redress increasing inequalities, bring back fairness and justice along with better overall future prospects for the people of Britain.
When the Leadership elections are over on Saturday and everything settles down – people in our community will return to Labour - the only real alternative.
Keep up the good work everyone!
Now - lets’ all prepare for the County Council elections in May 2017.