On 12 December I was re-elected as the MP for Caerphilly. Although the Conservatives won the general election across the country, in Caerphilly Labour firmly held the seat.
The result was as follows:
Wayne David (Labour) 18,018
Jane Pratt (Conservative) 11,185
Lindsay Whittle (Plaid Cymru) 6,424
Nathan Gill (Brexit Party) 4,490
In the Caerphilly constituency, the election was fought on national issues, as was the case in most places, but I was very pleased and proud when it was announced a week before election day that I had been ranked as the ‘best’ MP in Britain. The independent organisation change.org had conducted a survey of all the MPs in Britain and ranked the 650 MPs according to how effectively they represented their constituents. I was delighted that they ranked me number 1 and I am extremely appreciative of my hard-working staff – in Caerphilly and Westminster – who work tirelessly on my behalf.
Since the election, I have stepped down from Labour’s Shadow Defence team and have returned to the backbenches. After over 12½ years as a Minister and then Shadow Minister, I now intend to focus my parliamentary activities on working through a select committee. My constituency work will continue to be a priority, as it always has been.