No award has given me greater satisfaction than the one I had last night as the Welsh MP of the Year from ITV Wales.
Politician appreciate signs of recognition from independent sources. I have been very grateful for past awards of Backbencher of the Year and Welsh Politician of the year. But 2016 has been more tumultuous and difficult 12 months than any of my previous 29 years as MP. I have been furiously scribbling down the dramas of that past six months. The appeal of last night's award was the perceptively accurate account of the unity that I have been trying to create in the Parliamentary Labour Party. So factionalised have we become as a party, the persuasive power of unity is disregarded.