A Christmas Message from Justin Madders MP
|Author: Justin Madders MP||Published: 18th December 2017 13:00|
Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, shares his thoughts with us for Christmas.
Justin Madders MP. Photo by Bernard Rose
As we approach Christmas it is a time to reflect on the past year. It has been another momentous year politically, when we have seen an unexpected general election (with an unexpected outcome), and a great deal of political challenge nationally and internationally. Sadly this year has seen some terrible atrocities, with a number of terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.
This year we have dealt with over 7000 individual constituent enquiries, which is a substantial increase on the previous year and a reflection of the increasing challenges we face. I know that for many life doesn't seem to be getting any easier, the bills seem to continue to rise, better paid and permanent jobs seem elusive and there is still a huge deficit in the availability of housing that people can afford. 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.
There are many challenges people face in life but we have so 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 & 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. I was fortunate enough to be able to organise a Christmas Lunch for pensioners at Neston Cricket Club recently which we were able to do thanks to the generosity of local businesses and ~ouncillors Andy Williams and Louise Gittins. Whilst the event took place over just a few hours, I hope that it brought a little bit of fun and company to some who may not have others to spend the festive season with. Loneliness should not be an issue in a society where communication is so easy to do now, but sadly it is and we must keep focusing our efforts on eradicating this.
Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port & Neston