The last year has been a busy one for me both in Parliament and up here in the constituency.
In Parliament, among many other things, I have continued to try and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and investigate treatments for this dreadful disease.
I have also tried to ensure that our local area isn’t forgotten and issues such as flooding in rural and agricultural areas are addressed and that local watercourses are maintained.
With regards to agriculture and farming, I was delighted that the Home Secretary, Theresa May paid a visit to discuss issues surrounding rural crime and to hear first-hand of a local initiative to tackle ‘sheep rustling’ in particular.
It is always good for me to bring Minister’s ‘Up North’, as such, as they can then see the issues as well so that when I do raise concerns with them they will know exactly what and where I am talking about.
Locally things have been busy throughout the year as well and it has been great to get round to meet local people and hear what you have to say.
I am pleased that the work on M6/Heysham link road is progressing, as well as seeing improvements made here in our City such as the £17 million funding for a new Health Innovations Park at the University.
I will continue to try to work together with the many different “interest” groups that go to make up our city in order to bring further opportunities to our area, finally I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy new year – and let’s hope for more economic progress in 2015.