Thank you to everyone who voted and supported our campaign in the Colne Valley.

I would like to congratulate our new MP Thelma Walker and offer my commiserations to all the other candidates especially our outgoing MP Jason McCartney.

Personally I am hugely disappointed by the result, however across the country we hoped to hold our ground and it looks like we will not only do that but have net gains to celebrate too.

The path back from our 2015 defeat was always going to be a long one. In many ways, this election came too soon for the Liberal Democrats.

We will continue to campaign locally and nationally for better funding for our NHS and social care and schools, and to stand up to the Conservatives over their heartless dementia tax.

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