I hope you have had time to relax over the weekend and are enjoying the lack of leaflets through your doors! Thursday night was obviously not the outcome that we fought so hard for, but we have so much to be proud of; we delivered a monumental campaign and your dedication has been truly heartwarming.
I am immensely proud to have stood with my party as we fought for the kind of open and tolerant country we believe so passionately in, and I will never make an apology for that.
And though this result may hurt right now and many of you will feel disappointed, remember that our story together started over 25 years ago and it did not end on Thursday.
Our campaign wasn't just about this one election, it was about fighting for our city and the values we believe in, and about building the best team to do that. And once again we have shown that only the Liberal Democrats present a serious challenge to Labour in Manchester. So, we'll keep going, because that's what we do, and it's who we are.
The Liberal Democrats will continue to be the opposition that Manchester, and this country so desperately needs, now more than ever.
And finally, to everyone in Withington who put their faith and their trust in me to represent them; I am so grateful, I am so honoured and I am so humbled. There is truly no greater privilege than representing the people of south Manchester. To them, I am sorry I couldn't do it for you this time, but I give you my word that I will continue to work hard for you on our council and fight for our communities every day.
I am immensely proud to call Manchester my home and I'll never stop fighting for it, no matter what.
Our journey is nowhere near finished and I look forward to the 2018 local elections, with you.
Thank you, for everything.