Parliament is now dissolved so from 3rd May 2017 I cease to be the MP for North West Durham.
I am standing down at the election and my Party have selected Laura Pidcock to replace me and represent Labour at the next General Election. Laura is a bright, enthusiastic and committed young woman and I urge you to vote for her.
Whilst my office winds towards closure, if your case is urgent you can still contact my office on my email address email@example.com
In circumstances where you face immediate deportation or benefit queries where the claimant has no income whatsoever and my office will pass your case to the relevant third party for their attention and action.
May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the last 7 years and particularly to thank every one who has written to me to wish me well for the future. It has been an honour to represent the people I grew up with and still live amongst. It has been a privilege and, mostly, a pleasure. I wish us all a happy and safe future.