For me, I was delighted with my nearly 26,000 votes and my fellow Lib Dems in Derby and Derbyshire are also delighted. The result is remarkable given the huge national swing to the Conservatives at this very unusual time.
I want to say a huge thank you to all who supported the Liberal Democrats and me. I had enormous help from Liberal Democrats throughout Derby and Derbyshire who helped promote me and the PCC campaign and I am enormously indebted to all of them.
But so too to every individual voter. Scanning the ballot papers it was also evident that many, many of you also gave me their second vote, although, in the end, this was of no use to me whatsoever. Nevertheless, I am grateful for that as well.
Yesterday I met the previous PCC in person for the first time and we got on very well. I am very sorry that he has lost his position and I wish him well for his future. I note that he will continue as a Derby Councillor.
Finally, I wish all of you a safe and happy future. I hope and trust that the relationship between all of you and the police becomes all that I advocated during the election campaign. I urged for more visibility, more accessibility, that the police become more responsive to all of you whatever your need, and that they show compassion to everyone and especially the victims of crime. I will be looking carefully to see how well this is achieved.
All best wishes to every one of you for your own individual future.
Former Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire.