STOURBRIDGE'S former MP Suzanne Webb says she "hopes to remain a strong part of the community" after she was beaten at the polls by Labour's Cat Eccles. 

Suzanne has revealed her thoughts after the loss of her seat and thanked everyone who supported her.

She said her work to protect the greenbelt will go on as well as for the Justice for Ryan Campaign. 

Suzanne had been the town's MP since 2019 and was elected once to the role. 

Cat Eccles was elected as Stourbridge MP in a dramatic night at the polls as Keir Starmer's Labour Party swept to power in a landslide general election victory.

Suzanne polled 12,265 votes compared to Cat's 15,338 votes. 

Suzanne said: "Obviously, the general election result was not what I had hoped for.

"I really do care about our community, and I wanted to continue to play a significant role in all parts of it. But it was not to be.

"But thank you to every one of the over 12,000 people who voted for me.

"Thank you to the team who supported me every step of the way.

"And thank you to the many people who have been so kind to me along the way.

"My team and I would also like to say thank you to the hundreds of you who have written in, emailed and left voice messages.

"Over the years my fabulous staff have worked on thousands of cases, from saving businesses to saving lives. Lovely to know they are appreciated by so many of you.

"I hope to remain a strong part of the community and I will continue to work with the local charity and community groups that I became so close to and consider friends.

"My work to protect Green Belt, which has gone on for over ten years now will continue.

"It is integral come the news that the new government intends to enforce mandatory housing targets on our councils which will put enormous pressure on our Green Belt.

"Of course, cometh the day, I hope to stand on the steps of a courthouse shoulder to shoulder with Ade, Jill, Phil, Debbie, and Jason when we achieve Justice for Ryan.

"What the general election results both nationally and locally actually mean, I will let political history tell that story.

"Thank you once again, it has been an honour and a privilege to serve as your MP.

"If you see me and Sid out and about, do come and say hello."