May I thank all those local people who voted in the election on the 13th December? In particular, could I also thank the unprecedented numbers who voted Conservative and who gave me such a clear majority? In places like Eastfield, Barrowcliffe and the East Side of Whitby, working people who had never voted Conservative in their lives before trusted us.
Boris Johnson now has the majority he needs to deliver Brexit by the end of January and then move on to the other important issues that have been on the back burner for the last three and a half years while Parliament argued about Brexit.
Locally we need to improve our transport links, deliver the planned investment in our hospitals and improve the performance of some of our schools. We need to find the best use for the Futurist site. Drugs still blight the lives of too many. We need to keep building more affordable homes. Climate change is the most important challenge of our generation. Outside of the EU our farmers and fishermen will have great opportunities but also challenges.
It has been an honour and a privilege to represent you for the last 14 years. I will continue to work hard to ensure that your priorities are delivered by the new Conservative Government.
Rt Hon Robert Goodwill MP