WHAT a tremendous year 2012 has been, what with the Olympic Torch coming to Wirral, creating a memorable and historic day with thousands of people lining the route of the torch on a glorious sunny day, culminating in a spectacular event in Birkenhead Park.
That was followed in September by the Ladies Open Golf Championship and despite the wind and the rain the event was attended by thousands of people from all over the world and was a massive success, and in 2014 Wirral will be again be host to the Open Golf Championship, endorsing Wirral's credentials as a golf capital.
2012 has been a busy year for me and the Wirral West team working on your behalf, dealing with over 10,000 letters and emails, meeting with lots of organisations and community groups and constituents at my five monthly surgeries and I don’t see that workload changing – I’m here to work as your representative in Parliament.
Whilst my priority will always be Wirral West I was also delighted to have been promoted to a ministerial role at the Department for Work and Pensions being given the important role as Minister for Disabled People.
One of the key messages given to me by disabled people was that they often feel 'invisible' many people not seeing how much they contribute to society; however, those perceptions were radically altered by the London 2012 Paralympics. I want to drive forward an agenda that includes all disabled groups; working together I believe we can achieve some amazing outcomes.
2013 is set to be a busy year as well - but can I begin it by wishing everyone a happy, healthy and memorable year ahead.