MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Justin Madders writes…
As we approach Christmas it is a time to reflect on the past year.
It has been another momentous year politically when we have great unpredictability and uncertainty, with little to suggest 2019 will be much different.
Whilst the politicians in Westminster continue with their squabbling I know that for many people in the constituency that seems incredibly remote from the day to day struggles they face, be it the increase in the cost of living, insecure work, a broken benefits system and a lack of truly affordable housing.
Pressures continue on public services that don’t have the resources they require, our transport system seems stuck in the last century and there is a real issue about how our elderly and vulnerable are cared for.
Despite the many challenges people face, things could be a whole lot worse were it not for the many brilliant people in this constituency who give their time, their expertise and their support in a whole series of ways that make life that little bit easier for many.
I would therefore like to place on record my appreciation to all those carers, public servants, armed forces personnel and veterans, faith groups, charities and volunteers who contribute to our society.
They all do a hugely important job and are in many ways the glue that keeps our community and constituency going. Thank you.
I hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas and prosperous new year, spending time with your family and friends.
Do spare a thought though for those who may be alone and who might appreciate a visit from a neighbour. It wouldn’t take too much of your time but could really brighten up someone’s day.