A huge congratulations to our MP for Hove & Portslade, Peter Kyle – re-elected with a staggering 18,757 vote majority over the Tories’ Kristy Adams. What a campaign, and what an achievement by the local party and its supporters.
Over the last two years, the British Labour Party has been transformed into a strong, vibrant grassroots movement, powered by a dedicated base of members and supporters and by a vision of a better future for all. It has been especially heartwarming to see so many young people drawn to the party, inspired by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and by a new kind of politics.
The election campaign put this movement to the test, and it delivered. With 40% of the popular vote, the Labour Party saw its largest increase in vote share since Clement Attlee swept into number 10 in 1945. We have witnessed some extraordinary and unprecedented results across the country. In addition to Peter’s phenomenal win in Hove, in our neighbouring seat Brighton Kemptown Labour’s candidate and local councillor Lloyd Russell-Moyle defeated the sitting Tory MP Simon Kirby with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes. Similar stories abound across the country. Canterbury, a notoriously conservative constituency held by the Tories since its creation in 1918, is now represented by Labour’s Rosie Duffield. We have also won seats from the Tories in Kensington, Croydon Central, and Cardiff North (to name a few), and in Sheffield Hallam Nick Clegg lost his seat to Labour’s Jared O’Mara. The “unelectable” Jeremy Corbyn retained his seat in Islington, increasing his majority by an additional 10,000 votes. We also want to extend our warmest congratulations to Diane Abbott, who kept her Hackney North seat with a majority of over 35,000 votes.
These incredible achievements are a testament to the powerful message of hope that the Labour Party has put forward under Jeremy’s leadership. We fought this election on a truly transformative manifesto that puts people first. Labour’s promise to save our NHS, invest in our children’s future, build affordable homes, bring public services back into the hands of the public, and stop fuelling war and terrorism, resonated with voters across the country. Our message also inspired young people to exercise their democratic right and make their voices heard.
These victories would not, however, have been possible without the tireless work of Labour’s grassroots members and supporters. For the last six weeks, since Theresa May called the general election, volunteers have fought a campaign that is nothing short of extraordinary. Canvassing, delivering leaflets, phone banking, raising money – this election was won by our dedicated, tireless members and supporters spreading the Labour Party’s positive message across local constituencies.
People in Britain have had enough of austerity and inequality, they have had enough of a political programme that rewards the wealthiest few and punishes the most vulnerable people in society. The Labour Party has offered an alternative: a society that works for the many, not the few.
Now is the time for all parts of the party to come together. The Tories are in chaos and there for the taking. Another election is likely within months rather than years. A united party, led by Jeremy Corbyn taking the fight to a lame duck Prime Minister and minority Tory government must be coupled with party discipline and preparation for another election. Now is the time to turn outward to the public as a united party, ready to govern.
Whatever happens next, now is also a time for celebration. We have achieved the impossible, and it’s all thanks to you, the volunteers who have spent the last few weeks tirelessly campaigning for the Labour Party and for our MP Peter Kyle.
Hove and Portslade CLP Executive Committee.