Potters Bar’s MP sworn into office after general election triumph
PUBLISHED: 18:36 19 June 2017
Potters Bar’s MP has said he is “honoured and delighted” to be re-elected as Hertsmere’s MP after being officially sworn into office.
Conservative MP Oliver Dowden was re-elected with an increased share of the vote – although his overall majority fell by around 1,500.
Speaking after the ceremony in the House of Commons, Mr Dowden said: “I was honoured and delighted to be re-elected as Hertsmere’s Member of Parliament.
“I want to thank the people of Hertsmere for the continued support they have shown me.
“I will continue to defend what makes Hertsmere such a special place to live. My campaign priorities include improving our infrastructure, protecting our precious green open spaces and delivering new school places.”
He added that the election result nationwide was “disappointing”, and claimed there were many lessons to be learnt after the party lost its overall majority.
However, Mr Dowden stressed that the immediate challenge was to form an effective Government that could command parliamentary support.
He added: “A stable government is essential for us to start tackling many of the challenges that we face as a nation.
“These include achieving an effective Brexit deal, countering rising threats to our national security and managing the economy through a difficult period.
“This will require the Conservative Party to work with others but I am clear that in doing so we must not compromise our values of openness and tolerance.”