Labour had a 5,259 majority, it was Plaid Cymru’s target seat, there are no Conservative councillors on the island and the last time Ynys Môn had a Conservative MP was 32 years ago.
I’m still in shock to be honest.
My grandfather was a miner for 47 years in Merthyr Tydfil and I’m the first person in my family to stay on at school beyond the age of 16. This time last year, I was teaching disadvantaged adults maths.
My priorities are jobs, skilled employment, and investment; the loss of so many well paid highly skilled jobs on the island over the last decade adds urgency to the need to create more jobs and training opportunities. This is what large programmes like the new nuclear power station, Wylfa Newydd, will bring. With a majority Conservative government, we can focus on our levelling up agenda and delivering quality jobs to rural coastal communities like Ynys Môn. My Dad worked at the first Wylfa nuclear power station and I am determined to continue the legacy for future generations on Ynys Môn.
Being a new MP during the coronavirus crisis is the toughest job I have ever had. Every day presents a new tsunami of challenges. This is the worst crisis our country has faced since the Second World War and every day I continue to do my best in these exceptional times. During this crisis I have set up an office in Holyhead and in Westminster and I am training up my team. It is exhausting and there are many who would like to see me fail. But there are far more who have reached out to help me even though they did not vote for me because they have the best interests of the island at heart. I am here to serve each and every one of my electorate no matter how they voted.
I want to use my background, my experience and my determination for my constituents – the people of Ynys Môn. I am not a career politician. I am someone that wants to work hard and use my enthusiasm and ideas to make tomorrow a better day. I am honoured to have been elected to represent Ynys Môn and it is a privilege to be an MP. My goal is to be a great constituency MP and to deliver for every community across Ynys Môn. At the next general election, I want people to go into their polling station thinking “Virginia Crosbie, she’s a Tory and she’s ok”.
When I walk on the beach and feel the sand between my toes, when I cycle with the wind in my hair and when I come out of the sea dripping after an early morning swim, I know I have the best constituency in the UK. I’m already in love with the island. My challenge now is to make the island fall in love with me.
It’s time for Ynys Môn to shine.
Virginia Crosbie is the Member of Parliament for Ynys Môn