It’s been a disappointing night for UKIP. I’m also very disappointed that I didn’t win Hartlepool.
I’m proud of the strong and positive campaign that I fought. I want to say a massive thank you to the over 11,000 people who voted for me. I’m also very proud of the four-fold increase in the share of the vote. To take our vote from 7% in 2010 to 28% last night is truly a remarkable result; this is a testament to the work I have put in over the last year as the candidate.
It’s now time to rest and reflect.