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Uxbridge and South Ruislip frontrunning candidate reaction

Incumbent Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP Danny Beales’ path to election victory was not as clear cut as opinion polls had suggested it would be. It was expected that Conservative Steve Tuckwell’s 495 majority would evaporate.

It was not as straightforward as the polls declared, with hours of delays and numerous recounts – all of which offered different results – and results not heard until deep into Friday morning. Both frontrunning candidates have described their experience as a ‘rollercoaster’.

When the vote was finally called for Mr Beales, he began his acceptance speech with a brief tribute to his rival, acknowledging that he cared deeply about the consistency he had represented for nearly a year. Magnanimous in victory, Mr Beales used his speech to thank his team and discuss his story.

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Danny Beales gains Uxbridge and South Ruislip from the conservatives. Permission for use by all LDRS partners. Credit: Rory Bennett

Visibly emotional he told the jubilant and distraught crowd: “Moments like this don’t happen for people like me. Going from homelessness to the House of Commons is unusual.

“To every single voter who made this landmark result possible, I want to say a massive thank you and I won’t let you down.”

He added: “People today who voted have sent a clear message that it’s time for change. 14 years of Conservative failure people are demanding a different approach.”

With how tight the race has been the new MP described the election as ‘a bit of a rollercoaster.’

He continued: “It was up and down at various points and its been close with a number of recounts. But [I am] delighted with the outcome across the country. The exit poll came in and it was clear that people were voting for change and then the icing on the cake for me personally here in Hillingdon is to get our first Labour MP in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.”

He addressed his emotion on stage: “It has been a long campaign, I have not just done 6 weeks here. I had the by-election here and we lost by a few hundred. It’s my home constituency, I grew up here, and as I said in my acceptance speech I was motivated into politics by my experience of being homeless here in Hillingdon. To get a chance to represent the community, to get a chance to make a difference for everyone who is currently struggling with the housing crisis, with the cost of living crisis, personally means so much to me.”

Steve Tuckwell said he felt ‘raw’ after the election loss. “It’s the most painful thing I have ever experienced if I’m honest. But I never expected to be the member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip and I had an amazing 10 or 11 months representing the people where I live, the people of where I was born and I still get to represent them in the council capacity.

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Steve Tuckwell. Permission for use by all LDRS partners. Credit: Rory Bennett

“So it was an incredible journey for me and one I am very very pleased and privileged to have been on.”

Mr Tuckwell said that the period after the election would be a period of reflection for the Conservatives, who lost a historic amount of seats nationally. “I think what we need to do now is reflect ver very deeply about what went wrong and why it went wrong and begin to rebuild.”

 

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