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Brian Pope Conservative Glasgow North

Election diaries

Election Day started for me at 7.01am when I stepped into my local polling station to vote. By 7.30am I was at the gate of one of the Kelvindale polling stations giving out leaflets to the early bird voters. This was the beginning of a very long day.

During the day I meet hundreds, if not thousands, of people arriving to vote, including a few civil engineers who have been following my diary in NCE. By mid afternoon I realised that I would not be making the big breakthrough this time.

Nonetheless, I persevered until 8.30pm.

After a refreshing meal at my girlfriend's flat I set off for the count at the SECC in the centre of Glasgow. It was a nerve wracking experience.

Thankfully there was no animosity between the candidates and I had a quick chat with the Labour candidate's election agent.

We both agreed that results do not always reflect the amount of hard work undertaken by the campaign teams. Secretly I hoped that I hadn't let the side down.

At 1.50am the Glasgow North result was declared.

Labour held the seat with a reduced majority and I only managed to raise the Conservative vote by 0.5%.

I was very disappointed as I thought my own campaign went really well.

My feeling is that the people voted solely for the party rather than the individual and I had put great emphasis on being a practical minded civil engineer. It has all been a big learning curve. But I've gained a huge amount of experience and I have no regrets.

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