MP for Eddisbury, Antoinette Sandbach writes…
As the Christmas season approaches and everyone’s mind starts to turn to family, festivities and the fresh start the new year brings, it is an apt moment to look back on the last year’s activities and reflect on the year gone by.
One of my favourite things about Eddisbury is that it is not a place buffeted by current events.
People care far more about their community and their neighbourhood than they do the front page of the newspaper.
This has provided a welcome relief from the hectic world of Westminster, none more-so than when Brexit has dominated the news.
Nevertheless, progress is being made on delivering the referendum result.
The EU Withdrawal Act has been put into law, the prime minister has presented her deal, and I am hopeful come January we can approve it and move on with the process.
Beyond Brexit this has also been a year of considerable progress.
From energy price caps to banning the dangerous knives that blight our cities, the wheels of law-making continue to turn.
This all comes alongside record high employment rates and tax cuts for 39,000 of my constituents.
It has been at home in Eddisbury that I’ve been happiest this year.
We have welcomed a new chief fire officer to the area, but lost the chief executive of our NHS Trust – who I wish the best of luck in her future career.
I’d like to thank everyone who works in our NHS, police and fire services for their dedication and duty this year.
I’d like to end by wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
I hope that you all have a wonderful – and well deserved – break and that we can approach the new year with renewed spirit and energy.