I was delighted and humbled to have been elected as leader of the Newcastle City Labour Group on Monday.
These are tough times for local government but they can also be hugely exciting.
I promise a fresh approach, which will include of full review of all current activities, with a view to identify new ways of working to deliver excellent services for our residents.
It is time for our focus to be 100% on our residents, who want and expect us to be there for them.
I am genuinely excited at the opportunity of developing a bold and ambitious vision for our great city and to establish an inclusive economic strategy for Newcastle for the next 30 years.
I am truly humbled by the kind words and warm wishes from so many people.
All I can do is commit to do my very best and that I absolutely guarantee.
I look forward to working with so many people, old friends and new, to learn from you and to involve your knowledge, experience, and expertise, from the community, voluntary, public, academic and private sectors.
This is, I hope the start of an amazing period of time for Newcastle, and I am proud to have the opportunity to help lead it.
It is time to realise our ambition.
Cllr Nick Kemp
Leader of Newcastle Labour Group