What A Result!
Never having witnessed the process before, it was quite fascinating to watch as the ballot papers were first validated, then counted, small heaps growing larger as each vote was checked and allocated to the correct pile.
Almost 70% of registered voters in Tatton cast their vote that night and Sarah Flannery, who stood as your Independent Candidate in Tatton, supported by Martin Bell, was delighted to achieve almost 5% of the total vote.
“I was just twenty votes short of regaining my deposit, which is, I’m told, one of the best results for any Independent anywhere in the country!
“I have been so inspired by the 2,243 constituents who dedicated their only vote to me on 6 May 2010 and by the unshakable team of organisers and supporters who made my candidature possible. To each and every one of you, I extend my humble and heart-felt thanks.
“The challenges confronting Tatton and the Nation are only going to grow. Following the 2010 election, I am all the more persuaded that Tatton would be best served by a non-party-political MP not obliged to hammer national policy pegs into local holes. The reason that I stood for election at all was that I felt that in our first-past-the-post electoral system, none of the other candidates deserved my one and only vote.
“People are increasingly aware that they can and should be more demanding of their government and of their representative in Parliament, which is I think why we saw such an interesting result…it’s a warning from the people to the Government that we can’t be taken for granted.
“I’ve spent day after day canvassing over the last 6 weeks and everyone I’ve talked to has held passionate opinions on what they want for their town and their country. I’ve been so inspired by the people I’ve met and the stories they have to tell me. Because of this I plan to stay involved in local issues and hopefully assist in making some great things happen.”
So, what next for Sarah? Well, Martin Bell’s already been on the line offering his congratulations and letting her know that the Westminster gossip is already hinting at a second General Election on October 8th. Shall she throw her hat into the ring again? You’ll just have to watch this space!