I am delighted to be part of the hardworking Labour team in Barnes Ward, an area close to my heart and has been all my life, with many happy memories from childhood.

My priorities will be working with residents to address their concerns and nipping any problems in the bud and preserving our parkland, which helps make this a great place.

My role complements my longstanding voluntary work in the city. I chair Sunderland Police Advisory Committee, co-chair Sunderland Inter-Faith Forum with Rev Chris Howson of Sunderland Minster and serve on the executive of Sunderland Together, which promotes respect between everyone in our city.

Working together is my watchword.