The success of the Conservative party last night has been astounding. We predicted to come neck and neck with Labour, but we ended up winning against both Labour and the Liberal Democrats, as well as holding our own against UKIP.
Much of the praise for this must be owned by the faithful members of the Conservative Party. Across the country, party volunteers have been delivering leaflets, knocking on doors, making phone calls and telling at polling stations. It is the hard work and determination of these ordinary people that won it for us.
In Stevenage we maintained a tremendously well organised and coordinated campaign. It was amazing to see just how many people were willing to give up their time to help get Stephen McPartland re-elected. This was the victory that we deserved.