We made history! YOU made history!!
It's not a claim many people or campaigns can make.... but we can, we did!
Now that our rosettes are unpinned; our campaign HQ has closed it's doors; our boards are being taken down and all those Lib-Dem campaigning leaflets are just so much junk mail, (were they ever anything else?) we can reflect on what a truly momentous result we achieved in this election.
In just over two years we have nearly quadrupled our vote in Southport! That is remarkable.
We would like to thank every single constituent who voted for us, you can be proud; we have all sent a clear message that Southport is changing.
We just came second, for only the first time in over half a century. Not since a youthful John Prescott, back in the days before he had his Jags and didn't have such a strong objection to eggs, had we done this - way back in '66.
This time, our candidate, Liz Savage, went one better and also produced our BEST EVER result in Southport, with nearly 33% of the vote and over 15,600 votes. A fantastic achievement.
Liz stood in 2015 and doubled our vote, she virtually did the same this time around and gained nearly 25% more votes than the Lib-Dems. She was just 6% short of taking the seat and had a bigger share of the vote than when the Lib-Dems held it two years ago. If the Lib-Dems had not split our vote Liz would now be the MP for Southport.
Next time, we firmly believe we will make history again and it WILL be a Labour MP for Southport.
For far too long the Liberal Democrats party in Southport has ridden on the backs of Labour supporters; no longer!
For decades Labour supporters in Southport did the decent thing, reluctantly accepting the harsh choice of voting Lib-Dem to stop the Tories. But times have changed in Southport, this is no longer the constituency of old. Southport wants change. Just look at the graphs of the last three elections.
We posed a simple question; what exactly has 20 years of a Lib-Dem MP done for Southport? We clearly warned them (see our previous articles) that WE are now the tactical vote here if you want to stop the Tories. They chose to ignore that warning this time; they must not next.
Make no mistake, Damien Moore is now the Conservative MP for Southport because they shirked that responsibility.
A Tory MP for a town that has its local hospital, schools and its elderly all facing threat from Tory plans. An MP for Southport whose lame duck party are so desperate to hold on to power that they are looking once again to go into coalition; this time with the DUP, despite its terrorist links, its attacks on women's rights and its anti-LGBT vitriol.
Locally, we believe it will soon be clear that Moore means less for Southport. It will soon be clear that Southport needs real change, not continued loose change Tory funding. It will soon be clear that only Labour offers a future for our country based on fairness and hope, offers Southport future regeneration through cooperation with our neighbours.
When that happens, we will be there. Southport needs Labour and we are ready.