I am honoured to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Bridgend and would like to thank all those who supported me during a hard-fought campaign.
It is a privilege to represent Bridgend, the place I love and call home. With complex Brexit negotiations on the horizon and a government likely to be propped up by the DUP, it is more important than ever before that the government is held to account so that the best interests of Bridgend are served.
Theresa May thought she would have an easy ride by calling an election and increasing her majority. This was nothing to do with the national interest and everything to do with her own self-interest, but this backfired spectacularly.
She came to Bridgend and held a rally in Brackla community centre with many people from out of town, but she forgot the first and most important lesson of politics, and that is: you talk to the electorate. You simply cannot come here and take the people of Bridgend for granted.
They are the people who make the decision, they are the people who actually have the vote, and they are the people who do not like assumptions being made about the way they will vote, which is why we have had the results we had.
In all my elections, I have never had so many fascinating and in-depth conversations on the doorstep. In this election the public were really informed, really wanted answers, and so many people had read manifestos in a way that I have never come across before.
Mrs May thought she could hold an election and return an increased majority because the polls were in her favour, but I think we have all learned a huge lesson from the Prime Minister: do not take the people of Wales, and especially the people of the Bridgend constituency, for granted.
I would once again like to thank those who placed their trust in me to represent our wonderful constituency. I look forward to continue working hard for the best interests of all in Bridgend regardless of how they voted. If I can ever be of any assistance, you can send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.