AS the newly-elected Conservative MP for Bury South, this column is the ideal opportunity to share with readers and my constituents what is happening in Westminster as well as the plans I have for our area, focussing on your priorities.

For someone who has always dreamed of becoming an MP, it was an amazing, if surreal, experience to take my place on the hallowed green benches.

Last year’s General Election was tough. But having spent months on the doorstep, day in, day out, with my dedicated team, battling wind and rain, it finally paid dividends on December 12. It was one of the proudest moments of my life.

It was an immense privilege to be elected to represent the people of Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich and in my maiden speech I promised to stand up for all my constituents.

I want to see more regeneration in our town centres, our green belt protected in Simister and Elton Reservoir and as your MP I will lobby the government to ensure the region gets more police on our streets.

I would like to thank everyone who has signed my petition to secure a new high school for Radcliffe. It’s important to ensure it has the support of all residents, so the Department of Education listens to our calls. To sign it, please visit my Facebook page.

I am also passionate about ensuring our green spaces are left just as that, green spaces for visitors and generations to come to enjoy. Along with my Conservative colleague, James Daly in Bury North, I am totally opposed to over-development and building on green belt when brownfield sites are available.

I recently visited Elton Reservoir, the site of the Labour-controlled council’s plan to build 3,500 houses and I will continue to oppose the concreting over of such a beautiful landscape.

Another key priority is the regeneration of our town centre. Our high streets in Bury South have been let down by Labour for years. The Conservatives are investing more into our towns to bring empty shops back into use and increase footfall.

I am particularly keen to focus on the regeneration of Radcliffe town centre and have already had meetings with Bury Council chief executive Geoff Little, to see what can be done and look at possible bids for central government regeneration money.

Take Radcliffe Market for example. It’s been a real success story and shows just what can be achieved with funding and everyone working together.