From today, ballot papers will be arriving for Labour's candidate to be the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester. This major new role will be unique in British politics. It is the first to combine responsibility for the NHS, police and other public services such as housing and transport.
It is a Cabinet-level job that requires Cabinet-level experience. This is what I can provide.
In these challenging times, I can give Greater Manchester a high-profile Mayor to get our voice heard on the national and international stage.
Just like Sadiq Khan in London, I believe I can best serve our Party by stepping away from an out-of-touch Westminster.
Strong Mayors in Greater Manchester and London can give Labour two poles of power that can protect people from the worst of this Tory Government.
But, more than that, I am ambitious for Greater Manchester and what we can be - a beacon of social justice to the rest, proving there is a better way than the Tory way.
I will also change the way we do politics here.
Too many of our boroughs feel that they are being left behind.
I will be a Mayor for ALL the towns and ALL the people of Greater Manchester. I will involve you, our members, in the work of the Mayor and the Combined Authority.
Let's go back to the grassroots and build a radical new politics right here in Greater Manchester.
Together we can make Greater Manchester even greater.