This article was kindly given to the SSCA by Patrick McLoughlin, Chairman of the Conservative Party (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I want to personally thank you on behalf of myself and the Party for all your support over the last few weeks.
I am incredibly grateful for all of the hard work that you, and many supporters like you, put in across the country over the course of the campaign. I know that many of you will be disappointed with the result; I feel particularly sorry for those MPs, and their teams, who have contributed so much to our country who have lost their seats.
Whilst the result is not the one we had hoped for and worked so hard to achieve, it in no way reflects the immense effort that was put in by supporters like you up and down the country. Thank you for every door-knocked, phone call made, leaflet delivered, social media graphic shared and conversation held with a voter – we could not have delivered the campaign without your dedication.
But let us not forget that thanks to you we secured 42.4 per cent of the vote – the highest share for the Conservative Party since 1983.
More strikingly for me we also won a string of seats we’ve never held before – like Mansfield, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, and Stoke-on-Trent South as well as seats like North East Derbyshire, which was last held by a Conservative in 1931.
As we reflect on the result over the coming weeks, it is important that we remember that thanks to you, it is our Party, the Conservative Party, which will continue to provide the country with the certainty it needs over the next 5 years.
Chairman of the Conservative Party