Hat tip: Operation Black Vote

Helen Grant, OBV Alumnui has made political and Conservative Party history by winning the Southeast seat Maidstone and the Weald becoming the first Black female Conservative in the House of Commons. The seat she takes over was represented by Westminster firebrand Anne Widdecombe for 18 years.

After two and a half years of good old fashioned hard work and positive campaigning we have seen-off a particularly unpleasant challenge in the fight to retain Ann Widdecombe’s seat, taking 48% of the vote.

I want to send out my sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me, and to everyone who has helped and supported me in this general election campaign.

I am delighted too that we have retained control of Maidstone Borough Council.

Thank you all once again. With very best wishes,