I HOPE all readers had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and, like me, are looking forward to the year ahead. 2016 was extremely busy, both in the constituency and in Westminster, and I very much look forward to the upcoming challenges over the next twelve months.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all those working in our emergency and care services, our servicemen and women stationed abroad, and those involved in international aid and charity work, such as Cord, for their tireless and vital contribution during the festive period. Their dedication and commitment is incredible and I am very grateful for all they do.
It has been a wonderful few weeks in Warwick and Leamington, starting with the Victorian evening in Warwick in November, right through to various church services and carol concerts. The Christmas lights in our towns always create a great atmosphere and I thank local businesses for their part in these impressive displays.
My work as a Member of Parliament has covered a wide range of issues in the past year.
Whether it be inviting the Schools Minister to a roundtable discussion at Campion School or supporting the community in Norton Lindsey in their purchase of the New Inn, I look forward to helping wherever I can and to champion the best of our area. A particular highlight was to visit the sites which will became home to Vitsoe and Tata Technologies, both important additions to our local economy.
Ongoing Westminster work includes a number of projects with Warwick and Leamington always at the front of my mind. I continue to hold meetings with academia, industry representatives and Government officials to complement the development of an Industrial Strategy. As Chair of a number of All-Party Groups, I pursue reforms on a cross-party basis on behalf of vital sectors including manufacturing and charity groups.
Warwick and Leamington continues to be a great place to live and work and it is a real privilege to represent the area in Parliament. May I wish all readers and staff at the Observer all the very best for 2017.