It is the privilege of my life to represent my home constituency of Torfaen in Parliament. Thank you to the people of Torfaen for re-electing me with an increased majority on 8 June. For those who did not vote for me, I will be redoubling my efforts to win your vote next time.

It was an election campaign marred by tragedy, and my thoughts are with all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Manchester, at London Bridge and Finsbury Park; and with all affected by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. As ever, our emergency services have been exemplary.

Since I was first elected in 2015, I’ve spoken up for those ignored by the Tories, such as the women born in the 1950s hit by the dramatic rise in their retirement age, made without sufficient notice. I fought to secure changes in the law to ensure wider access to off-patent drugs that will benefit those with the most serious conditions such as cancer, MS or Parkinson’s; in the months and years ahead, I will put all my energy into driving these changes through, benefiting as many people as possible.

I will continue to speak out against Tory cuts that have damaged our communities, and stand up for fairly-funded public services; I will ensure that Torfaen’s needs are heard in Parliament during the Brexit negotiations, arguing to protect local jobs. I will continue to hold regular surgeries, support local community group and be an accessible MP.

I will always be a strong voice for Torfaen, dedicated to serving my local area. Indeed, I have already spoken in the debate in Parliament on the Queen’s Speech. The Prime Minister has lost her political authority and the government could only muster a minimal legislative programme, so weak is its position in Parliament as a minority government. As I said in the House of Commons: “To unlock the potential of my constituency and others, the reality is that this government has to go.”

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