Hugely honoured to have been offered, and accepted, the role of Vice President of the Local Government Association.
Local Government is where I began my political career and remains hugely important to the work I do as the local Member of Parliament.
However, despite the important work local government does in our community, it was the first to be cut under the Conservative's austerity regime.
Understanding the immense challenges local government faces, along with Preet Gill we established the Labour Friends of Local Government group this year to facilitate communication between Westminster and local councils.
Along with this new role, I will continue to fight for local government in Westminster and stand up for our hard-working councillors across the country making a real difference in our communities.