Last Thursday we witnessed one of the biggest political events in our lifetimes. The magnitude of the decision that voters had to make was massive.
It was the case that voters chose for the UK to leave the European Union. Over 17 million people voted to leave in the EU referendum whilst over 16 million voted to stay. Here in Wirral the majority of people voted to remain.
I was happy about the national 72% high turnout of voters. In the run up to the referendum I talked about how important it was for people to have their say in this historic vote as it will affect us for future generations to come.
As you will probably know I was campaigning to remain in the EU. I am a proud Briton who loves and is proud of this country and that is why I wanted the best for it. I believed that to remain was best for the country.
However one of those things I am hugely proud of about our country is our democratic track record and I respect the result.
My priorities now the result has taken place are my constituents and local businesses during this time of uncertainty in our economy and the changes and challenges ahead. I know that given the local result in Wirral that many will be fearful about the result.
I want to assure you that my priority is local people and local businesses as it always has been the case. I want to meet with people and businesses who may have concerns about this result in the coming weeks.
I want also to reassure you that I will continue to work for everyone in Wirral, however they voted in the referendum, whichever party they normally support.