As we take a moment to look back over the year and what it means for our community, I don’t have to tell you that we face a challenging year ahead.
I’ve been humbled by the amazing work of charities and community projects across our constituency; by working together you have collectively helped to make the Denton and Reddish constituency a great place to live in.
There are far too many groups to mention but ones that immediately spring to mind include the Poets Corner residents in North Reddish, Ryecroft Hall management committee in Audenshaw, the Friends of Dukinfield Old Hall and the Friends of Denton West End Community Library, the Friends of both Denton and Reddish South Stations and their joint campaign for a train service to Manchester Victoria, the various Park Friends Groups and Homewatches across the constituency, the local Churches and faith communities who make charities like the St Mary’s Foodbank in Haughton Green and Re:dish in Reddish happen, and the Denton South Neighbourhood Planning and Love Heaton Norris groups who are both doing fantastic work to make their respective area an even more pleasant place to live.
This year I was asked to join Labour’s Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister without Portfolio. You can be confident that I will do all I can to fight this Government to ensure our NHS has a future, that our local services are protected and that the North West gets the best trade and social deals for both businesses and workers outside of the European Union.
In Parliament you can rest assured that I will continue to stand up for the WASPI women in 2017 as well as continuing to fight for national campaigns like those that seek justice for individuals infected with contaminated blood products.
It has been a tumultuous year at home and abroad, but you can be confident that as your MP I will always do my best for every member of our community who comes to me with a problem or concern.
It remains a huge privilege and honour to represent the communities of Audenshaw, Denton and Dukinfield in Tameside and Reddish and the Heatons in Stockport, as your MP in Parliament.
As we look to the future I wish you, and your family and friends a happy and prosperous 2017.