MP thanks supporters after General Election
Burnham-On-Sea's former MP, David Heathcoat-Amory, has formally
thanked those who voted for him in last week's General Election
and talked about how he will miss the
on Monday (May 10th), he told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I would
like to thank the 23,760 voters who supported me on polling day;
more than the last time but not enough to win."
27 years, it is a wrench to be leaving this great constituency.
It has been a privilege to represent it through six parliaments."
"The electorate has now delivered a hung parliament, with
all the uncertainties and horse trading which that brings. I hope
it will not be used as an excuse for parties to break the promises
they made during the election."
"There will now be endless discussion about how to change
the voting system. In my view there are more pressing things to
fix, like the national debt and the state of the economy."
"But there is a simple reform which would bring, fair
votes. At present there are huge imbalances between the
size of constituencies. Wells has nearly 80,000 electors. Glasgow
North has 51,000 and there are many like it, particularly in other
parts of Scotland and Wales. In the coming rush for party advantage,
I wonder if this English Question will be sorted out."
"At least we are not in the euro. It was a near miss. If
there had been a hung parliament in 1997, and Tony Blair had been
forced to rely on the Liberal Democrats then, they would almost
certainly have given up the pound and joined the euro. We would
now be powerless, like Greece. I feel vindicated in my campaign
to save the UK from that particular fate."
"I will miss these parliamentary campaigns, and the constituency
work, and all the friends I have made over these many years. I
wish the constituency well, and all who live in it."