I am very proud to be Leader of the Medway Labour team after Thursday 20th November. Although ultimately we didn’t get the result we would have wanted in Rochester and Strood, there can be no doubt in Naushabah Khan we had the best candidate – not just my opinion but something raised many times by national news outlets, many of whom are not natural Labour supporters.
My personal thanks goes to all those residents who voted for our candidates, volunteers who gave their time to assist us in both Rochester and Strood parliamentary and also the Peninsula by-election with our great local candidate Pete Tungate.
We ran a passionate positive campaign, listening to thousands of residents who are concerned about our hospital and access to GP’s, our local primary schools, the road system in Medway, the lack of decent affordable housing, the cost of living crisis many are still suffering to name just a few of the issues raised on the doorstep.
One issue which came up repeatedly was that of trust and integrity, with many people saying both the Conservative and UKIP candidates had changed their view on key issues when an election was upon us, whereas the Labour candidates‘ views had been consistent throughout.
Another message we heard time and time again is people feel they are simply not listened to by the either the local Conservative Council or the Conservative and Liberal Democrats Coalition Government.
The results shows clearly we have more work to do. We will move forward from the by-elections towards May 7th next year where we will be a united Medway Labour team, building on the work done both over the last few weeks and prior to that through the summer where local residents have shared their views by completing the Medway Survey.
We will be campaigning with energy and effort with our growing team of volunteers, our outstanding team of council candidates and our three brilliant parliamentary candidates looking to bring genuine change to both Gun Wharf and Westminster in less than 160 days time.