Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It's a great privilege to be called to make my maiden speech. Batley and Spen is a gathering of typically independent no-nonsense proud Yorkshire towns and villages. Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration. The Irish Catholics across the constituency or Muslims from India and Gujarat or Pakistan, principally from Kashmir.
And whilst we celebrate our diversity, the thing that surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.