Knowing how flat out I, and others on my campaign team, have worked not only during this campaign but over a much longer period, this is clearly an impressive result for Labour. Naturally I feel very disappointed. There were things that I did not expect such as the following:
- For the Labour vote to hold up in Bedfont, Feltham and Hanworth to hold up the way it did;
- For the gap between Labour and Conservatives to be as large as it was in Hounslow West & Cranford and, to a lesser extent, Heston
We secured the most votes in Bedfont, Feltham North, Feltham West, Hanworth Park and Hanworth. However, Labour won by a much greater margin in Heston West, Heston Central, Heston East, Hounslow West and Cranford.
Labour invested heavily in this constituency and I saw over 20 different items of literature from them during the campaign. They took the threat of the Conservatives seriously.
I respect and accept the decision of residents in this constituency and congratulate Mr Keen. I do not think I have ever been so tired when giving a speech before but glad I got through it at around 05:30am. My team could not have done anything more to win this and I will always be grateful to them for their passion and loyalty.
Off to another count at mid-day. I hope I will continue as a Councillor for Feltham North.