Thank you to everyone who voted in the election last May. I am disappointed not to be representing you in Parliament, working hard for everyone in our area and upholding the liberal values I cherish.
I think now with the threat of serious cuts to our public services and welfare budgets the liberal values of fairness, equality, justice and tolerance are ever more important.
Meeting so many people on the doorstep has been a really humbling experience, yet inspiring too. I will continue to support those who have asked for my help on a specific issue, whether that is getting better care for a child with needs or looking to get mains electricity connected.
I am also going to continue to try and achieve positive change for our area and people. There are many injustices faced by us including, charges for post-16 transport to school and college, limited ambulance cover, an inadequate and unsafe A1 road, and unacceptable bureaucracy for farmers.
This election has caused many locally to take the step to join the Liberal Democrats. If you would like to join the team please go to https://libdems.secure.force.com/LiberalDemocrats/NewMemberRegistration
Thank you and best wishes
PS I have included the first part of the preamble to our party constitution which really reflects our values:
The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.
The rest can be read here http://www.libdems.org.uk/constitution