Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Ahead of David Cameron's Speech at 14.30

Labour have clearly lost this election. These results are an utter rejection of Labour and an historic result for the Conservatives.

Labour have now lost more seats than in 1979, and the Conservatives have gained more than we did in 1979. We stand to gain more seats than in any election since 1931.

Labour can't possibly expect to continue in government with what some are already calling a coalition of the defeated. To do so would be an insult to the British voters.

David Cameron has made it clear that we will do everything we can to provide a stable government in the national interest.

Last night we have already gained more seats than at any time since the war when the Conservative party has formed an incoming Government.

In 1979, the Conservative party gained 63 seats and formed the new Government.

In 1970, the Conservative party gained 77 seats and formed the new Government.

In 1951, the Conservative party gained 24 seats and formed the new Government.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rogue Economist said...

Karen I absolutely agree with your comments, for Brown not to resign would be cowardly and disgusting, they lost!

As for the North East vote, firstly you did a magnificent job taking away over 1,000 votes from miliband, as a commentator said, "You could put a red coat on a sheep and put it up for election, it would win the North East vote!"

Indoctrination and inertia have meant people up here will vote Labour because its what their parents did and so on, its ridiculous that a Government and local council of Labour MP's can have a blatant disregard for the voters, tell lies, Bigot-Gate etc and still get the North East vote, I am in despair.

1:11 pm  
OpenID curly15 said...

Karen,

whatever happens you need to be able to go back to your work feeling pride in what you have achieved in your first election. South Shields was always going to be a tough one, but you have added more than 50% to the party's vote and taken the Conservatives back into second place. You fought an honest and clean campaign purely on policy and the ideas of change, it will serve you well in any future political venture, and I found you to be so enthusiastic and easy to work with.

I sincerely hope that you will find a more promising seat to fight some time in the future, but I'd like to ask here, if the next Prime Minister (and I expect that to be David Cameron) were to call a general election within twelve months or so, would you come back to South Shields to improve the Tory vote here a little further?

3:07 pm  
Blogger Karen Allen said...

Thanks for your comments, Graham. I truly hope we can find a workable way for Mr Cameron to govern so that a second election so soon after all of the costs of this one is not necessary.
I often find it difficult to know what I'm doing next week, let alone next year, but if there was to be another election within a workable timeframe I would of course stand again.

4:20 pm  

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