It is an enormous honour and privilege to have been elected as your Member of Parliament and I feel humbled at the trust people in Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton have put in me.
Throughout my campaign I pledged that if I was elected as your MP, I would do the job on a full-time basis, therefore one of my first tasks was to resign from my job in healthcare, with immediate effect.
We are currently in the process of establishing offices both here in the constituency and in Westminster, and staff are being recruited to ensure we provide the best possible service to all of our constituents.
We’ll be basing our main office in Dewsbury town centre and will also be holding regular advice surgeries right across the area, including Asda Dewsbury.
A list of dates will be published very soon, but if you are unable to make the surgery dates we’d be more than happy to make you an appointment outside of those times.
If you have an event you would like me or one of my team to attend then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Since being elected I’ve hit the ground running and have held various meetings with private and public sector organisations, with many more planned in the coming weeks.
Last Friday I met with local NHS staff to have an informal chat about the pressures and challenges they are facing.
Thank you for all the good wishes I’ve received when I’ve been out and about in the area. Please do stop and say hello if you see me around, I look forward to meeting many of you over the weeks and months ahead.
Already so many constituents have been in touch about a whole variety of issues – from the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act to the re-introduction of fox hunting.
These are two changes I am vehemently opposed to and I will be working with other colleagues in Parliament to try and stop their repeal.
Please always get in touch with me if you have either local or national concerns, I will always endeavour to fight for the causes that matter most to you.
The morning of May 8 proved to be a very difficult time for the Labour Party. Defeat is tough and it was painful to lose many valued colleagues.
We must learn lessons from our defeat, understand where we went wrong, engage with voters and non-voters alike and crucially, listen to what people are saying.
Nevertheless our fight for fairness, equality and social justice will continue and for now we will provide an effective opposition, ensuring this Government is held to account and that the residents of the Dewsbury constituency always get the best deal.