Firstly, I would like to thank all the amazing volunteers who have helped me over the course of this campaign to secure a Labour victory in Edmonton. I would also like to thank Andy Love for his service to the people of Edmonton and the unwavering support he has given to me.
Despite a disappointing result for Labour nationally, the people of Edmonton rejected a Tory government that puts the interests of a privileged few ahead of those of the many. The people of Edmonton have also made it clear to David Cameron: keep your hands off our NHS.
Having dedicated 15 years of my life to the NHS, I will be proud to dedicate my time as an MP with the same values. We need an NHS that is free at the point of use, GPs that are available when we need them and private money to support but not to undermine.
The next five years will be difficult but, as Ed Miliband said on Friday, "the course of progress and social justice is never simple or straightforward. Change happens because people don’t give up, they don’t take no for an answer, they keep demanding change. This is my faith. When we see injustice we must tackle it." So the battle does not stop here, and together we will fight to deliver the change we need in this country.
I thank the people of Edmonton for entrusting me with this great honour and I will serve them faithfully.