Having spent many hours on the doosteps, campaigning alongside my Party's candidates, I was of course sorry to lose David Drew and Pam Mutton here in Andover, and Marilyn Tucker in Tadley - two of them by narrow margins. In the other five wards, the sitting Conservative councillors were returned with comfortable majorities.
I worked closely with David and Pam at the weekly Advice Bureaus held in Andover, and will miss their sound counsel as we help constituents with education and social services issues that need resolving.
Of course I understand why some people didn’t vote for my Party – we need to focus even more on the things that matter to hardworking people: turning the economy around, fixing welfare, helping with the cost of living and controlling immigration.
We’ve always been straight about the scale of the task facing this country: there are no easy options, and there’s still a long way to go. But on the issues people care about we are on the right track. The deficit is down by a third. Crime is down. Net immigration is down by a third. And we’ve capped welfare.
Over the next two years I accept the challenge to continue to change this country to put hardworking people at the centre of everything we do.