2016 was in many ways a year of the unexpected. Few had predicted that Britain would vote to leave the EU and that this would lead to us having a new Prime Minister.

As a result, 2017 will be the year we formally trigger the process to begin our EU departure. Whilst this event was unexpected, it will provide enormous opportunities for Britain to forge new trade deals around the world, to regain control of our borders and to invest some of the money that we have been sending to Brussels here at home.

Locally, events like the Tour de Yorkshire and Hull being the 2017 ‘City of Culture’ should mean that East Yorkshire receives a welcome boost to tourism, lifting the local economy and securing jobs and investment.

I believe that this New Year will be better than the last and I wish all of you a very happy and healthy 2017.