Thank you to everyone involved at the Patchwork Foundation and all the people who voted for the wonderful honour of being named The Labour People’s Choice MP of the Year.
The Foundation does really important work encouraging young people from disadvantaged and minority communities to get involved in our democracy. It is heart-warming to know that the work I have been involved in throughout the constituency and across the country has contributed to these aims and been recognised by the members of the public who nominated and voted for me.
It is crucial for the future of our democracy that we all work together to remove barriers to people’s participation and encourage everyone to get involved in their local communities and politics more generally.
It is particularly important at a time when politics seems deeply polarised that elected politicians reach out and make sure that the people who we represent have their voices heard and are involved in all our decision making.
I can promise you that I will continue to work just as hard in the future for all my constituents.