With all the awful events going on in the world, it’s difficult to remember that the General Election was in fact only a week and a half ago. It was a rollercoaster of an election in so many ways: the shock of it being called at all, the sharply compressed campaigning period, the media scrutiny, and the wonderful rise in the polling of the Labour party.
Seyi and I wanted to write a blog post to say a very heartfelt thank you to our residents for your support. Thank you for re-electing Lyn Brown in such an overwhelming way and returning her as our wonderful MP. Thank you for your constant and much appreciated support for the Labour party. Thank you for bearing with us whilst we have been busy campaigning, we are sorry if any of the work we’ve been doing has slipped at all, and we will get back to it now that the post-election exhaustion has abated.
And most of all thank you to all of you for being so encouraging to all of the local activists during the campaign. Local Labour members were hard at work here in Forest Gate North, across West Ham, and especially in local marginal seats. That includes long standing party members, newer members, people who’ve been involved for years and people who came along for the first time.
The residents we all met shared our dismay at the callous disregard the Tories have for all of us, and were a constant source of positive reassurance. Every person who gave us a quick thumbs up, who smiled at us on a street stall, who told us on their doorstep we could be sure of their vote, or stopped us to express their support, you all helped buoy us up through a tiring time, and we appreciate it more than we can say. We never ever take your support for granted, and will keep on working as hard as we can to make Forest Gate North a better place.