Worcester’s MP Robin Walker, who was re-elected last Thursday, with more than 22,000 votes and an almost doubled majority of 5,646, has arrived in Westminster to take his place in Parliament.
He attended the first meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee after the election, at which 330 Conservative MPs welcomed the Prime Minister David Cameron to his first gathering of the Conservatives as the majority party in Government. Nationally the Conservative party won more than 11 million votes, the highest vote for any party since 1997 and secured a majority which few pundits or pollsters had believed possible. In Worcestershire the Party won all six seats with increased majorities.
In this year’s General Election, the Conservative vote in Worcester increased to its highest level since 1992 and the highest level it has ever achieved since the current boundaries were set. At 22,534 it was the most votes for any candidate in Worcester since Mike Foster won the seat in Tony Blair’s landslide election victory of 1997. At the same time the Conservative party won a resounding victory in the local elections, taking back full control of Worcester City Council for the first time since 2011.
In his first day back in Westminster he has already raised the need for faster journey times on the Cotswold Line from Worcester to London, the dualling of the Carrington Bridge and the need for an upgrade to the A&E at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital with key colleagues. He has also started to contact newly elected Members of Parliament to recruit them for his cross party campaign on fairer funding for local schools.
Commenting on the election results and his priorities Robin said: “I was honoured and delighted with the local result and the national result in these elections was even better than I had dared to hope. It is hugely exciting to be coming back to Westminster as part of the first Conservative majority Government since I was fourteen years old and to be working on delivering a positive manifesto to secure the recovery across our country.
“It is a huge honour to have won the support of so many people in Worcester and I take very seriously my obligation to represent not only all those people who voted for me but also all the people in Worcester who did not. It has been good to hear the Prime Minister talking about a One Nation Government and I believe that this is exactly what people in Worcester want to see.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted in Worcester on 7 May, contributing to the highest turnout for years and beating the national trend for turnout. I want to thank the amazing volunteers and activists who made my campaign possible and all the people who gave so freely of their time and energy to make it such as success. I thank all the candidates in Worcester for the positive way in which they made their arguments and the civilised nature of the many debates that we had. I have listened and I will act on the issues that they and other constituents have raised. Serving as Worcester’s MP has been the greatest honour I could imagine and I am looking forward to doing so over the coming years.”