Hello, I'm Beth!
I am proud to be Labour's Candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire, fighting for the community I call home.
Posted on 22nd Dec 2019 in Campaigning
I'm so sorry we couldn't do it here in Corby and East Northamptonshire. We worked so hard but just couldn't buck the national trend. I met so many people desperate for change. Men and women broke down in tears telling me how they're struggling to survive. I am sorry we couldn't deliver the much-needed change.
We fought on hope and in many ways lost to cynicism - there was a general lack of faith in things getting better or ever having more than our current lot in life and in our communities. I despair at this politics of cynicism.
You can say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one - when I go into schools, I am always so inspired by the young people. They have hope and a vision. They're caring and community-minded. They're switched on and ready to question the mistruths that are sadly all too common in our politics. They see their schools cuts, their teachers despairing, their parents not able to make ends meet and the stark contrast with the extreme wealth that has been centralised in this country. They know a better life is possible. It's a cliche but my interactions with all those young people have left me hopeful on a very dark Friday 13th.
For me personally, I am back to my day job on Monday. I'll continue to do all I can to support the party that I believe in and always will. I'm getting married in just 6 months so I have something lovely to focus my attention on. I am so lucky to have so many amazing friends and family. Things will be more than OK, they'll just be a little bit different to how we hoped. I feel absolutely rotten because I am so fortunate to have this but so many people who voted for an alternative yesterday don't have that privilege. I hope our MP takes heed and does support everyone in the constituency.
I'd like to end by thanking every single person who voted for me and to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to try to bring about change here. Rest up and have a fantastic Christmas. Thank you for putting your faith in me to serve our community and the place we love. I know I lost but there's genuinely no greater honour than standing for the party I love in the community I will always call home. xx
(Sorry to anyone not in the photo last night - we forgot to take a picture and then remembered but by that point half our people had already gone home to bed (and rightly so!)).