We want to thank everyone who voted for us in the general election last week, when Labour candidate Dr. Julia Buckley polled double the number of votes cast for Labour in 2015, and Labour came 2nd in this safe Tory seat for the first time in 47 years. The Liberal Democrats were beaten into 3rd place.
Turnout was up (and 4% higher in Ludlow than it was nationally). The Labour Party increased its votes by 6,300, a swing of 12%. Labour Party membership in Ludlow constituency is now over 900 people, with many more joining since the election.
Julia said: “I want to thank all the people in the Ludlow constituency who voted Labour on 8th June. It was an enormously important moment, signalling an informed public awareness of the impact of Conservative cuts – in which West Mercia has lost 298 police officers, local bus services have been decimated, and our schools are trying to cope with cuts of up to 11%. The A&E at Princess Royal in Telford remains under threat of closure and there are further threats to our rural Maternity Units and Cottage Hospitals. But this election was also about hope – and in so many ways hope won over fear.”
“Ludlow Labour Party is fully committed to the voters who’ve put their trust in us. We will support their needs in the months and years ahead as we move from being a grass-roots 'unofficial' representative towards becoming their official parliamentary representative and then maintaining that position.”
Dr Julia Buckley will continue to build on the campaign to save hospitals and maternity units, and over the next 12 months she and other Labour members will be campaigning all over the south Shropshire constituency to listen to the views and concerns of local people.