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My Election Acceptance Speech

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First up can I thank all the staff here who have worked so hard tonight - the clerks, the returning officers and the police and security staff for their contribution to tonight’s democratic ritual.

It's been a good natured and fair election campaign. I’d also like to thank Simon Wright the outgoing MP for his service to our city these past five years.

I think we all discovered that although we may at times have been ideological opposites – we were nonetheless still human beings who could find humour in our shared, common experience.

I'd also like to thank my friends, family and all the people that have made this victory possible. Thank you for being fantastic comrades – I've been touched by your love and your support these past four years and for that I’ll be eternally grateful.

Tonight Norwich South has elected a Labour MP. As a Labour MP I will never apologise for my socialism or and my belief that there is a better, fairer, more progressive way to run our city, our country and our planet.

But despite my own convictions I understand that I have been elected to serve ALL within this wonderful city of ours and I will do so to the very best of my ability.

From the nurse who asked me if I'd fight for a public NHS – and by God I will – to the care worker on a minimum wage, the student struggling with debt, the single mother on a zero hr contract and minimum wage, the small businesswoman being squeezed by the big corporations, the 3,000 children being fed by food banks, the disabled man going hungry because of the bedroom tax – I will represent you all to the very best of my ability, come what may.

The working people of this city have their voice again. A voice that will champion a living wage, council homes, homes not assets, a public NHS, free education, sustainable well paid jobs, trades unions and rights at work and a public transport system that puts the public interest front and centre of all it does.

But it will not stop there. We need more MPs that will stand up and challenge the powerful and the wealthy, the corporations and the shadowy vested interests that increasingly dominate our democracy.

MPs that will champion social justice and put paid to a country where the wealthiest families can double their net worth in five years to £547bn - whilst working families here in Norwich lose out by £1600 a year under this government

This is the MP I will strive to be. This is the MP our city has elected. This is the MP that will serve you with everything I have.

You have put your trust in me and I will hold myself accountable to you.

Thank you.

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