No other Party campaigned as enthusiastically as we did – and the result shows what can happen when the pledges made in a great Manifesto are taken to the people. Cotswolds Labour is now the opposition to a Tory incumbent whose acceptance speech in Cirencester last night was entirely devoted to the issues which Labour candidate Mark Huband had alone been campaigning on throughout the election: the absence of a Cotswolds Local Plan, the risks attached to the new Chesterton housing development in Cirencester, and housing and infrastructure needs affecting the young people of The Cotswolds. It seems that even Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has been listening carefully to Labour – and after 25 years has begun to learn what really matters to the people.
Now, with this strong foundation, Cotswolds Labour will be keeping the Tories on their toes, as their national Party leadership reels from an electoral disaster created by their – or ‘her’ – insufferable arrogance and sense of entitlement. The people have spoken, and what they have said is that Labour is the truly progressive Party which embodies all that is civilized in British political life; the Tories must now face the fact that their numbers have been swelled by ex-UKIP hardliners whose ‘hard Brexit’ recklessness is not what people want, and which will divide the Tory party now as it did in 1997.
A great night for Labour in The Cotswolds; our best days are ahead of us.