Anneliese Dodds has been elected as the new MP for Oxford East
Anneliese said: “This election marked the end of an era, of three decades with Andrew Smith as Oxford East MP.
“Time and time again I heard the same thing on the doorstep – that Andrew Smith’s shoes would be very big ones to fill, and that his would be an enormous job to follow on from, a difficult act to follow.
“I feel a very heavy hand of responsibility on my shoulder.
“I am determined to continue Andrew’s work so I can earn, just as Andrew has earned in spades, the trust and respect of the people of Oxford East. Thank you Andrew.”
Anneliese added: “Andrew has always tried to keep in touch with local people – that involves being on the doorstep and working with different organisations and I want to continue that.”
“I have known Andrew for many years and have been inspired by his example.
“I have resigning from my MEP position and John Howarth, who was second on the Labour list, will take my place.”