This article was kindly given to the SSCA by Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of Staffordshire County Council (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you to all of you who have been out campaigning and helped in the General Election.
I am sure our candidates and newly elected Members of Parliament, in particular Jack Brereton MP, Owen Meredith, Ben Adams and Dan Jellyman, will want to say thank you themselves for all the help you have given them.
It is becoming clearer how the Conservatives and the DUP will work together to constitute a government and what the programme of the government will be. The Democratic Unionist Party says it has had "positive talks" over a "confidence and supply" deal to support a Conservative government. Nationally Brexit negotiations will start within days. After an election campaign overshadowed by two terrorist outrages the most important thing is that democracy has run its course and in safety.
At times of national uncertainty we should never forget that local government provides continuity and stability. People will still be cared for, streets will still be swept, children will still be protected. Because whatever happens in national politics, local government carries on.
There will be much analysis over the coming months of the General Election results, but at least we can say we have delivered for our Party in Staffordshire. With one more MP from Staffordshire, Conservatives now have nine of the twelve MPs and with only 30 votes it could have been ten. It’s worth reminding ourselves that only seven years ago we just had three MPs.
Attached are the detail of the General Election results across Staffordshire. You will see we took 59.25% of the votes cast and increased our vote share across the board.
Many thanks for your help which came on top of our recent outstanding County Council election result. There is much work to be done now.
Philip Atkins OBE
Leader of Staffordshire County Council