We’re just about getting back to normal now after an exhausting few days. For most people local elections are , well, extremely dull. For us it’s been an emotional roller-coaster.
It was wonderful for Jackie to win after all her hard efforts. (It wasn’t hard work because she enjoyed it . But all that calling at peoples’ houses for hours and hours does wear you out physically and mentally!)
It was great to see how many people think we are doing a good job in Downhall and Rawreth and in Grange. It’s quite humbling to see people taking 20 or 30 minutes out of their day to come down to the polling station and vote for you. It’s a motivating factor for the months and years ahead – you really feel you have a duty to do a good job.
One of the things we noticed in the campaign was that the local press had completely written us off. The Echo hinted that June might lose her seat. The Rayleigh Times hinted that we could lose June and Ron! Neither of them suggested that we might actually gain a seat.
It was disappointing for us not to have candidates in places like Hawkwell and Great Wakering – but we just didn’t have anybody who wanted to stand. One of our priorities to increase our pool of good potential candidates.
And as for Rayleigh overall – we got 782 more votes than the Conservatives did. People are basically concerned about a lack of facilities and too much development…..