As we reach the end of 2015, it’s still not quite sunk in just what has happened over the past year.
Every day I feel incredibly honoured to have been chosen to represent the people of Morley and Outwood in Parliament and I’d like to take this opportunity to update you on my work and look to the year ahead.
As you may be aware, health is a big focus for me. I was thrilled when my colleagues elected me onto the Health Select Committee and I’ve worked hard to push for common sense measures to help public health, such as opposing the proposed sugar tax, and I have cross-examined senior figures from across the health service. I also launched my hand hygiene campaign Handz - with the support of 40 colleagues - which I’m hoping to take to Europe in the New Year.
November saw the relaunch of the Morley and Outwood Business Association, when I held an event jointly with the China-Britain Business Council and UK Trade and Investment for businesses to find out more about trading with China. The event was a huge success and I raised it with the business secretary in business questions in December. The association will be doing a lot more in future to support local businesses, so do keep an eye on my website for more information.
Finally, my team in the constituency has been working hard helping residents with their queries and problems. We’ve had some fantastic outcomes, especially around inappropriate development, and I’m incredibly grateful for all their hard work.
While Christmas and New Year provides a good break, I have no doubt 2016 will just get even busier.