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Karen Robson : Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Cardiff Central 2010

Election Results and thank you

The results for Cardiff Central for Thursday’s General Election were as follows:

News Update 2010

History in the making
We have a Conservative Prime Minister!.

Project Umubano

In 2009, for the second year running, I participated in Project Umubano a social action project in Rwanda organised by the Conservative Party.

The project video 2008 can be accessed below and you can view photos from 2009 in the Gallery

Name Party Votes % +/-
Jenny Willott Liberal Democrat 14,976 41.4 -8.4
Jenny Rathbone Labour 10,400 28.8 -5.5
Karen Robson Conservative 7,799 21.6 +12.3
Chris Williams Plaid Cymru 1,246 3.4 -0.1
Susan Davies UK Independence Party 765 2.1 +1.1
Sam Coates Green 575 1.6 +1.6
Ross Saunders Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 162 0.4 +0.4
Mark Beech Monster Raving Loony Party 142 0.4 +0.4
Alun Mathias Independent 86 0.2 +0.2
Majority 4,576 12.7
Turnout 36,151 59.1 +0.0

It was always going to be an uphill battle to take this seat, but I am extremely heartened by the final result which demonstrates there is a real appetite for the message of Conservative Change in Cardiff Central. Our vote went up by 12.3% which is one of the highest swings nationally and we achieved the second highest proportion of the Conservative vote in Wales, so whilst we did not win, we did achieve an impressive result and one which we are determined to build on in future elections.

Summary of results for Cardiff Central General Elections since 2001

Summary of vote swing (%) for Cardiff Central General Elections since 2001

 

I have attached my speech from Thursday night/Friday morning (apologies for the poor audio quality, captions will be added very soon). As you will appreciate I was extremely tired and omitted to say a lot of things I should have done. I would like to add my sincere thanks, not only to my fantastic team, but also to everyone across Cardiff Central who put their trust in me and the Conservative Party to deliver for our city. I took that expression of trust seriously and had I been successful I would have worked tirelessly to represent your interests. My work in the constituency is far from over and now the election is over I will be campaigning hard to fight for a number of issues that arose before and during the campaign. I will update the website as developments occur.

Thanks too go to family and friends, especially my Mom and my brother. So many people supported me over the last year to make this result possible and some of those over the election campaign committed to working 19 hour days to ensure the best result possible. Colleagues and family took time off work, supported my campaign financially and worked tirelessly to make sure that the people of Cardiff Central had the opportunity of being represented by a Welsh Conservative.

As of Monday 10th May I will be back at work at UWIC in my role as Head of Disability. I would like to thank my university for the support they have given me throughout this rollercoaster period, but a special thanks go to my team, my boss Rob Cummings and Anneliese Morgan, my deputy, who gave me continual support, encouragement and assistance in enabling me to carry out the job I love, alongside working as a candidate. As I discovered being a candidate does not only have a massive impact on your own life, but that of many others around you. Their support and that of others made my ambition possible and I am very grateful.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Jenny Willott on her result and wish her every success in her work at Westminster. Rebuilding trust and confidence in politics is a huge challenge and I wish her well. At this critical time for British politics we all need to work together to rebuild our economy, mend our broken society and restore faith in politics. As I hope her party will do the right thing in supporting the Conservative Party to deliver a stable government, I too will seek to support her in her work for our constituency. This is no time to for animosity or in-fighting. There is simply too much at stake for our country.

Over the last year I have met many wonderful, inspiring people and I hope that you will continue to follow my progress in trying to make a difference in my community, as I will continue to follow you. I also hope you will stay in touch and let me know about issues that affect you. This campaign was always about achieving Social Justice and ensuring equality of opportunity for everyone in Cardiff Central. The election may be over but the work is not...

Best wishes to you all

Karen&rsquot;s Signature
Friday 7th May 2010
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