Will Forster

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Thank you

by willforster on 15 June, 2017

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me in last week’s election and to those who helped the campaign in any way – be that volunteering, putting up posters, sharing content on social media or just telling friends about me – it is greatly appreciated.

I am obviously disappointed not to have achieved my primary objective – to have won – but in Woking we bucked the national trend and the Lib Dems’ vote went up by a third on the last election.  That is a real step in the right direction.

I am incredibly proud of the campaign my team and I delivered in the very short time since Theresa May called the snap General Election.  We managed to deliver tens of thousands of leaflets and knock on thousands of doors – across the whole constituency, from Byfleet to Knaphill, from Horsell to Normandy and everywhere in between.

Although I wanted to win, it was always going to be huge ask to win on the first attempt.  That is why my Lib Dems colleagues in Woking and I regularly campaigned elsewhere to ensure there were more Lib Dem Members of Parliament – and our efforts were rewarded on election night.

I am delighted that the South East of England has Lib Dem MPs again, namely in Stephen Lloyd in Eastbourne and Layla Moran in Oxford West and Abingdon.  Surrey County Council’s County Hall is now in the Lib Dem constituency of Ed Davey, and up the road in Twickenham, Vince Cable retook his old seat in Parliament.  The House of Commons now has a bigger and better Lib Dem team – our country needs liberal voices standing up for our place in Europe, for public services, for human rights and for the environment – I am glad we have more of those liberal voices.

After a good rest, I am back in the swing of things as a Borough and County Councillor – and I am really looking forward to taking on my new exciting role as Deputy Mayor of Woking for the next municipal year.

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