The Team on the Campaign Trail
The Team on the Campaign Trail

To every single voter that supported me, thank you.  To the campaigners who spend six weeks working alongside me, in rain and shine, thank you. I was lucky enough to have the company of some of the kindest, most giving, most passionate and yet humble political friends I could imagine.

We now need to listen and reflect as a party; this is not the end of our fight locally for a more equal, kinder politics that rejects austerity and champions diversity – the fight for all those things very much continues and I will continue to be here holding the new MP for Dover & Deal, other Conservative MPs in Kent and the wider government to account – because that is what a strong opposition must do.

Our core vote, that which had held with Labour for decades and decades, didn’t hold last night and we – and I myself of course – will be asking ourselves why. There is plenty of time for this introspection and reflection over the festive period and hopefully, in 2020, a new energy will emerge as we take our fight to Johnsonian mistruths and a society that seems to be on the precipice of seismic change.

So, I will take a little time away from social media if I may, to be with my family, put up my tree and think. I remain very proud of our local campaign and of my friends here. We didn’t win last night, I just really hope that in the long run, it isn’t the working man and woman in this country that truly loses out under this Conservative government: our coastal communities can’t afford to be left behind any more.

Merry Christmas Everyone; like Santa, I’m still wearing red.

Charlotte x

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