Six months ago I said to you “I’m going to fight Nick Clegg for the Sheffield Hallam seat. This is my constituency, my home, my neighbourhood and, frankly, I think we deserve better than party politics. I’d love it if you would support me. x”
Obviously, last night’s result was not what I had hoped for. I am disappointed but I am not disheartened: I’ve done my best and stood up for what I believe. I stood because I live here and I care about our home. I still live here. And I still care.
My campaign would have been impossible without you. I am so grateful to you for everything you have done. It is hard for me to describe how your generosity in time, money and effort has made me feel. Your endorsement and encouragement has meant so much – you didn’t have to do it and yet you gave without restraint or hesitation. It sounds like a politician’s cliche but it has left me feeling profoundly humbled. Your trust and faith in me has been remarkable and something that I will always treasure. Thank you. x