I'm Gavin Shuker and from 2010 to 2019 it was a privilege to serve as the MP for Luton South.

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rachel Hopkins, who will now have the best job anybody could wish for – MP for the incredible community of Luton South. It was a privilege and honour to serve the people of Luton South as Member of Parliament for nine years, and I wish Rachel – who’s now my MP – the very best as she represents us in the new parliament.

I stood at this election because I love Luton and I was appalled by the choice the two main parties were offering its residents at this election. I believed that Luton could do better than the hard Brexit offered by the Tories or the hard left, embodied by the leader of the Labour Party. So while I am sad about the result in Luton South, more consequentially I am deeply disappointed by the result across the country as a whole.

For all those who cast their vote for me, helped my campaign or took the time to send a message – thank you. I’ll always be grateful for your support and help – and keep fighting. As I’ve said, representing our community in parliament was the greatest honour, but I’ll now have to look for other ways to serve our community. Luton is my home, and I’m not going anywhere.

All the best, and thank you.