Stephen Gilbert says Thank You

"We need Liberal Democrats more than ever before to defend our fundamental freedoms" (Stephen Gilbert)

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After 5 years serving this community as your MP I would like to say thank you. That journey has come to an end, but I would like to thank you for the giving me the greatest privilege of my life and for all the support you have given me during that time.

I would firstly like to congratulate my opponent Steve Double on his victory. I really hope that he keeps his promise to put local people first and does not fall into the trap of becoming Conservative Party HQ’s representative in Cornwall.

I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support since the election result. Many local people have been shocked by the results on Thursday and to see the map of Cornwall turn blue. Be in no doubt, the Liberal Democrats will not be going away and are still the only alternative to the Tories here.

Already it is becoming incredibly clear the difference the Liberal Democrats made in Government as the Tories are now able to push through the nasty right wing policies that we were able to block. Theresa May has already announced that she plans to bring in the Snoopers Charter, while Michael Gove is going to scrap the Human Rights Act and write his own. I for one dread to think what a Bill of Rights written by Michael Gove would look like.

We need Liberal Democrats more than ever before to defend our fundamental freedoms. Since polling day more than 8,000 people have joined the party nationally, while locally our membership has already grown by more than 10%.

The fightback starts here. I’d like to invite you to join the fightback and help rebuild our local party. As an extra incentive, anyone that joins the party before June 3rd will be able to vote on the upcoming leadership election and help decide the future of our party.

Thanks again for all your support and I hope you will join the fight back today.

Best wishes

Stephen Gilbert