Firstly, I want to thank my constituents for putting their trust in me once again and re-electing me for a fifth time. I know many life-long Labour voters switched and at this election gave me their vote for the first time and I want to assure them I will work tirelessly to justify the faith they have placed in me.
I have never been afraid to argue for things I believe in and which would benefit our area and I can assure you I will continue to do so. I will continue to press for the much-needed Shipley Eastern Bypass and step up the campaign to leave Bradford Council and form an authority for the Shipley and Keighley constituencies. Breaking away from Bradford would allow us to take control of money raised from our council tax and ensure local decisions are taken more locally.
I will continue to push for more police officers on our streets and extra cash for schools and for that money to be frontloaded to ensure funds are available when it is needed. Ensuring we have good local transport links is also a priority and I will campaign for better transport infrastructure and more reliable train services as well as better bus services which are a lifeline to so many people.
Christmas for many is a time of joy but for some it is a difficult time, so let us take a moment to remember those who have lost loved ones, who are suffering or are alone. Let us also spare a thought for all those who are working over Christmas, whether it is volunteering, our NHS workers, Police, or other emergency services, who are giving up their time to ensure the happiness or safety of others. We should also remember the brave men and women in our Armed Forces serving abroad who will be away from family and friends this Christmas.
It is a tremendous honour to represent the Shipley constituency and again in 2020 I will continue to do all I can to hold Government to account, ensure I keep the promises I made during the election and strive to give my constituents the best possible service. It has been a privilege to visit many businesses, charities, schools and other organisations in the past year and I look forward to seeing many more of you in the New Year.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and a very healthy and successful 2020.