"I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who turned out to vote yesterday – and very much to those who stood, campaigned and facilitated the election. It is heartening to see our democracy thriving so well given all that is happening in the world.
"We, as the Conservative Party, have had a very disappointing set of results in both Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness. My sincere commiserations go out to the dedicated Conservative Councillors and candidates who have worked so hard but were unsuccessful. Equally, I offer my congratulations to all those elected from all parties and none. Standing for public office is challenging and it is so encouraging that people are prepared to put themselves up to serve their communities.
"The results pose some difficult questions for my Party. Now is the time to regroup and reflect, so we can move forward and regain the trust and support of Cumbrian folk.
"As the MP for a constituency that straddles both new authorities, I will continue to do what I have done since my election and work cross party and collegiately with council colleagues across the political divide to effect real change for local people and help deliver the best services for our area. It is so important that Local Government continues to deliver for our area with both the old and the new shadow authorities working together with MPs and Central Government to ultimately improve people’s lives."