Group_photo_(2).jpgI am deeply humbled by the trust that our community has placed in me again.

Across the country Labour’s vote share increased by 9.6 percentage points, the largest increase at a single election since 1945, gaining 30 new seats. In our own community we increased our majority to over 30,000 votes. We are the biggest political party by membership and growing as new members join to help bring about the change outlined in our party’s manifesto.

We witnessed people go to vote against a party that wants to impose further cuts on vital public services and choose to vote to create a fairer society. We witnessed a shift towards people voting for workers’ rights and shared economic prosperity, the environment and human rights. I will personally continue to stand up against a Tory Hard Brexit, will pressure the government to invest in our schools and NHS and find solutions to alleviate poverty and homelessness.

Today I was sworn in as your voice in Parliament- attending the emergency debate on the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and supporting calls for a public inquiry to be established. The State opening of Parliament has finally been set for Wednesday 21 June, and I will be supporting Labour’s alternative programme for Government.

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