HAPPY New Year to the people of Ashton-under-Lyne.
I hope 2015 will be a kinder year to ordinary folk in my constituency who have been picked on by the Government with their cruel austerity measures.
Benefit cuts, the hated Tory Bedroom Tax, job losses, homelessness and pay freezes are hitting working people hard.
A Labour victory in May will be the start of the process to repair all the damage done to our people's lives, their standard of living and the services which they rely upon.
But there is a lot of work to be done if we are to make sure we get a Labour Government at the General Election. Another five years of Cameron and his cronies is just unthinkable.
I need your help, your support, and your commitment to win Ashton-under-Lyne for Labour.
We don't have millionaire friends to buy our way to victory, like the Tories.
I promise in return that I will work flat out in 2015 to ensure a Labour win in Ashton Under Lyne and a Labour Government for Britain.
If we are successful, as your local MP I will never take the electorate for granted.
I will put you first above all else and I will stand up and speak with passion, strength and commitment about what is right - even if that's not always popular.
In the meantime, enjoy the New Year celebrations - and lets work together for a better 2015.