"I promise to do all I can to help this town be the very best it can be"

Andy McDonald MPAndy McDonald has been elected as Middlesbrough's new Member of Parliament. Speaking after the declaration, Andy said:

 

Thank you!

Tonight, Middlesbrough has spoken.

We have sent a message to David Cameron and the Tory Lib Dem government.

You don’t understand us.

You don’t speak for us.

And you are a government that clearly does not care about us.

 

I feel so proud to have this opportunity to represent my home town, the town where I was born and brought up.

 

Middlesbrough, I promise to fight for you. I will not let you down.

 Tonight you have a new voice in Westminster.

 A voice that will speak up for

- working families who are having their budgets squeeze

- young people struggling to find their first job

- and the millions ignored by this Tory-led Government which thinks the priority is to cut taxes for millionaires.

 

David Cameron, your government is failing. You are standing up for the wrong people.

Your economic plan isn’t working and hard working families are paying the price.

 It’s time that you changed course.

 

Over the past few weeks I’ve talked with thousands of local people on their doorsteps.


People are anxious, scared for the future of their family.


This government is determined to set one community against another.

Neighbour against neighbour.


I’m proud to be part of Ed Miliband’s One Nation Labour Party, determined to rebuild our country and restore fairness, so everyone has a stake – not just a privileged few.


Labour has never taken the people of Middlesbrough for granted and we won’t stand by whilst the Tories and the Lib Dems inflict real damage to our town.


I will put the people of Middlesbrough first, with a fully staffed and accessible office in town.


I will work tirelessly to bring jobs to Middlesbrough – building on our proud industrial heritage and securing the new industries for the future for Teesside.


Mr Returning Officer, I would like to thank you and your staff for the efficient way you have run this election, especially only a few weeks after your hard work on the Police & Crime Commissioner elections.


Thank you to our local police who have helped make this Election Day run so smoothly.


To my fellow candidates, you have contributed to the debate on the future of this town in a friendly way and I thank you for that.


I’d also like to thank my agent Fiona Stanton and her excellent Labour Party team.

 

My local constituency party and Labour Party members from across the North East, have had to cope with some pretty wet weather this week but they’ve carried on knocking the doors and delivering the leaflets.

 

I hope our victory tonight makes all that hard work worthwhile.

 

And finally a special thanks to my family; my wife Sally and my wonderful children. You provide me so much support, keep me grounded and give me the drive to do this.

 

As the motto of our town says; ‘We shall be’.

Tonight Middlesbrough has spoken.

We know what we are capable of.

We know what we can be.

I promise to do all I can to help this town be the very best it can be

Because, unlike the Tory-Lib Dem government, I believe in Middlesbrough.