Dewsbury’s former MP Paula Sherriff (Lab), who lost her seat to Mark Eastwood (Con) in last week’s general election, has spoken publicly for the first time since her defeat.
In an emotional and personal statement given to The Press, Ms Sherriff said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all those who have put their trust in me over the past four-and-a-half years and those 24,618 people who voted for me last week.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to represent Dewsbury in Parliament and has been so much more than just a job for me.
“I’m proud to have been a Labour MP, proud to have done my best for Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton and, above all, proud of the positive difference my team and I have made to the lives of local people.
“I offer my congratulations to Mark Eastwood, thank him for taking part in a fair campaign, and in his new role as Dewsbury’s MP, urge him to always act in the best interests of local people.
“I’m confident, even in this difficult time for Labour, that as the country faces monumental decisions that will shape the future of our nation, its public services and its protections for the most vulnerable, we will regroup and reform more determined and more united than ever. Labour will be back – nationally and here in Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton,” she added.