I’d like to start by saying something you might not hear very often and that’s ‘I’m proud to be Boltonian’.

I have spent my entire career in Bolton and ran my GP Practice here. My children were born in Bolton and went to school in the town.

Bolton has a lot going for it; I believe in our vision and am proud of our achievements.

We have unrivalled access to some beautiful green spaces, like Rivington, and we are excellent at hosting major sporting events, like Ironman UK.

Just recently it was announced that we are to host some matches in the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

All this is good for the town and makes it an attractive location for people to work, live and study – which are principles of the Bolton Vision 2030.

The aim of Bolton Vision 2030 is for all partners – public, private and voluntary sector – to work together to make Bolton a vibrant place that is active, connected and prosperous for all.

And that’s the key – for all.

While we do have a fantastic town that I am proud to call my home, I am well aware that there are gaps that need addressing.

A few weeks ago I talked about the health inequalities across the borough – how a child born in one area of Bolton could expect to live longer than another child born in a more deprived area of the town.

That’s why we are all working together to highlight the neighbourhoods which need extra attention and resources.

This involves some really detailed and inclusive work with communities to ensure that all residents can benefit from our vision.

Let’s all be proud of our town!