I would like to thank every single Croydonian who put their trust in me at this election. I am so proud to have been elected Mayor of this great Borough. It was also fantastic to see the local Conservatives secure some fantastic new gains on the Council, including in Waddon and New Addington.
There is hope for Croydon, and I am excited to get to work to deliver the change that residents have so clearly asked for.
I want to thank my family, who stood by me and supported me throughout what has been a fantastic campaign.
I also want to thank the Returning Officer and all of the counting agents for their hard work over what was such a gruelling count.
And finally, I want to say ‘thank you’ to my amazing campaign team - especially Jason Cummings, and Croydon's new Deputy Mayor, Lynne Hale.
Our campaign has reached the length and breadth of Croydon, with thousands of leaflets, social media, and over a dozen hustings.
My commiserations go to all the other Mayoral candidates who put themselves forward, but especially Val Shawcross.
Her campaign was positive and energetic, and her passion for Croydon could be seen by everyone.
Croydon has been in a bad place for the last few years. And although the Conservatives made fantastic gains on the Council, residents chose to give no party a majority.
Now is the time to come together and move forward - to make our Borough a better place for all Croydonians.