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Sadly it wasn't the result that we hoped for on the day. National analysis suggests that many people voted against the idea of a Labour government, and the first past the post system again left us with a dreadful choice.

It's time we had electoral reform to get a wider variety of views in parliament, and to get everyone represented in proportion to the votes.

But for now, I'd like to thank my family, and the team of volunteers who have worked so hard over the last few weeks and months across the whole constituency - I have been blown away by the enthusiasm and energy that everyone has put into the campaign.

In the last three years the country has been split thanks to a series of weak conservative prime ministers pandering to their own party's internal battles rather than putting the country first. We will see what come of this in the next few months, and I don't expect to see sunlight uplands anytime soon.

Of course, the elephant in the room is the no deal Brexit scenario we face at the end of 2020.

Sadly, I suspect that it won't be long before we are at the ballot boxes again.
But at the next election the story will be different.

The fact that we had this election anyhow, only two years since the last time, shows that our system is broken. It is high time that we changed from the antiquated first past the post system, to proportional representation. This would allow us to move away from the extremes we see today and get politics back into the great British tradition of sensible compromise.

Thank you all.

Martin.


Martin Wrigley

Martin trained as an engineer and has a background in the hi-tech industry. He has served in local government for over 5 years - including a recent term as the Mayor of Dawlish.

Long an active member of the community, as a town and district councillor Martin has proved himself an outspoken champion of local and environmental causes and a worthy advocate in the fight for social justice.

Martin now wants to take this fight to Westminster: "I feel honoured to have been chosen as the local parliamentary candidate for the Teignbridge Newton Abbot constituency and look forward immensely to the challenges that lie ahead. I care deeply about the area in which I live and want to do more to help our town, village and coastal communities.

"Making headlines for all the wrong reasons, our Tory MP has long been considered out of step. With an election on December 12th, many are telling me she is also out of time. I will continue to knock on doors across the constituency to learn more about what you want from your representative at Westminster - and how I can serve you and our communities better in the future."

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