What a year it has been! It seems like only yesterday I was visiting thousands of fellow residents and campaigning hard in April and May to be re-elected as MP for South Swindon.
For me, it was a continuation of the work I had being doing in South Swindon since being elected in 2010, and continue to do out and about in our local community, meeting fellow residents at their front doors, or in one of my regular surgeries. I was delighted when the result came through that I had held the seat with an increased Conservative majority, and my thanks go to everyone who supported me.
Since my re-election, my schedule has been busier than ever and I continue to host local advice surgeries and support a huge range of organisations and events in and around Swindon. Whatever your vote may have been, I work for you.
There’s been some great news on all fronts over the last few months. We’ve seen the creation of new jobs in companies like Honda. We’ve seen tired old buildings pulled down to pave the way for the continued regeneration of our town centre and we’ve seen the building of new schools, and more excellent results from our students.
We’ve also seen pioneering research from our town’s energy companies. And, of course, we’ve seen Swindon retain its top 30 spot in the UK’s best places to live. The list goes on, and the results are evident.
Our town is well and truly on the up, and I can’t wait to carry on my work in 2016 after spending some quality time with my family over the Christmas period here in Swindon.
As this year comes to a close and the festivities draw ever closer, let us all spare a thought for those who are ill or alone, and remember those who are not so fortunate to be surrounded by their loved ones. A simple act like a phone call or a visit can make all the difference.
Recent thoughts have been trained on the devastating attacks in Paris, and it’s events like this that remind us of the sheer bravery of our Armed Forces to keep us safe. This Christmas, let us pay tribute to the brave men and women in our Armed Forces who will continue to fight across the world this Christmas to protect our rights and freedoms that we hold dear as a country.
As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if I can help you by addressing a local or national issue that you may have. However you choose to celebrate, I wish you and all your family and friends a very joyful and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.