I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters of Middlesbrough for returning me as their Member of Parliament. My particular thanks go to those who voted for me, but they also go to those who did not as it is my privilege to be of service to everyone regardless of how they voted.
Our democracy is precious and whilst the electorate's patience has been stretched of late with so many elections - and perhaps more to come - there was undoubtedly a great deal of enthusiasm and passion about the key issues that impact on our every day lives.
Over the last seven weeks, we have had thousands of conversations with people right across the town and I am immensely grateful to each and everyone of them for taking their time to engage with me and my colleagues in some wonderful and, on occasion, challenging conversations.
It is clear to me that the residents of our great town understand extremely well what is needed of a government to grow our economy, to support our industries, and to support our region. They also know that education is a gift to be passed from generation to generation and that our young people should be inspired and encouraged to pursue their dreams and fulfil their potential without being weighed down with tens of thousands of pounds of debt in the process.
And they know that those who are somewhat older should be able to enjoy a safe and secure retirement without anxiety about how their future possible needs might be met and they know that we should have a NHS that is properly funded to meet needs of our communities.
It was also clear to me that the message of hope that the Labour Party offered and epitomised by Jeremy Corbyn, appealed in very great measure, and whilst the political landscape is now very much changed, it is my promise to the people of Middlesbrough that I will do all that as can to deliver on that message of hope by bringing about a Labour Government as quickly as possible.