I’d just like to say a big thank you to all of you who voted for me and for Yorkshire First on May 7th.

For the parliamentary seat of Beverley & Holderness we secured 1.2% of the vote, which for a party which was only formed last year on a shoestring budget is no mean feat!

Putting this into perspective, the Labour party at their first election in 1900 contested 15 seats compared to our 14 and secured 1.8% of the vote.

We have learned a number of useful lessons from this election and we’re already working on our ongoing strategy to increase our vote share next time around. By 2020 we hope to have enough candidates to challenge all 54 of the Yorkshire parliamentary constituencies.

Every vote really did count, and has helped increase name awareness of Yorkshire First, and our campaign for a more devolved regional government.

And on another positive note, I have been re-elected as a town councillor for Hornsea for another four years, so I will continue to strive to make Hornsea a better and more vibrant place to live. With further anticipated austerity cuts under the Conservative government, we will need to fight harder than ever to make sure local services in our area are not unduly affected.

And finally, I would like to offer my congratulations to Graham Stuart who retained the seat for the Conservatives.