Thank you.

When this snap election was called, we knew we'd have a fight on our hands.

But we knuckled down, fought a strong local campaign and bucked the national trend. In the end, we were just 209 votes shy.

A huge thank you to our team of canvassers, deliverers, callers and tellers who rose to the task admirably.

And more importantly, thank you to the 22,383 people who voted for me. I appreciate, more than I can express, the faith you put in me.

Congratulations to John, and thank you to the other candidates for running such good, clean campaigns.

With all good wishes

Simon