It has been a necessary sacrifice for me to stand as an Independent candidate in this General Election.
1009 people who voted for me would otherwise have been disenfranchised, as several have told me privately.
To all those 1009, may I say thank you for your support, and I hope I have been of service.
I should also like to thank those who support both Brexit and Democracy, but who determined to lend their vote to the Tories. As one said directly
“please don’t split the Leave vote”.
Now that the country has spoken with a loud and clear voice, we must hope that the promises made in the Tory manifesto will now actually be honoured. As the more thoughtful Tories must surely know, honouring several major promises will require significant changes in policy.
I believe only a clean break Brexit will allow the UK to prosper.
It is also the only option we can take unilaterally.
Unless and until we leave, the only "deals" the EU would agree would be intolerably to our disadvantage.
A fully independent UK can be outward-facing to the World, not just the EU.
In 2016 we voted as a nation to Leave the EU, in our largest democratic exercise ever.
Our constitutional principles are that Parliament and the Government in the long run give effect to the will of the people.
But since 2016 Parliament has sought every way to frustrate Brexit.
The current General Election could have resolved the impasse and reclaimed our democracy, but only if candidates unambiguously committed to Leave were standing.
My stand as an Independent is to provide that clear electoral choice in South-East Cambridgeshire.
The Brexit fiasco shows that the current two-and-a-half party system makes MPs answer to their parties, not their voters.
If I am elected, I shall serve as an Independent MP, answerable only to the people of South-East Cambridgeshire.