Please find below my end of year Report as your local MP. It highlights some of the things I did in 2013 to improve our area, and hold the government to account.
4,697 individual local residents contacted me during 2013 to ask for help of some kind. I responded personally each time. I cannot guarantee that I can solve every problem, but I do promise to try. I also continued to hold a regular Advice Surgery open to everyone.
Here are some of the local issues I focused on in 2013 (Click on each for more detail):
Never one to toady to party whips, in Parliament in 2013 I spoke up for what I believe is in our national interest:
Finally, I remain concerned about our economy. Although growth returned towards the end of 2013, and we are likely to see strong growth over the months ahead, we need to ensure that it is sustainable. People should not be encouraged to take out debts that they will not be able to pay back if interest rates rise. I have a publication on this subject due out early in the New Year.
I will be available to help you 2014, should you need me.
Happy New Year!