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Justin Madders MP - Blog - January 2017

Published: 11th January 2017 09:14

In his latest blog for AboutMyArea Neston readers, Justin Madders MP gives us his thoughts on what 2017 may bring.

Justin Madders MPJustin Madders MP. Photo by Bernard Rose

As we enter 2017 people often make New Year resolutions and predictions for the year ahead. This time last year in this column I tried to set the scene on what was going to happen in 2016 and as it was such a torrid year politically there is probably nobody who would have been able to foresee the events that occurred.

I did expect there to be a new Prime Minister last year but nobody could have predicted the remarkable circumstances of Theresa May's succession. I think in 2017 we will not see another change at the top and that the whole political discourse will be about the terms of Brexit. I fully expect Article 50 to be triggered by the end of March but that there will be very little in the way of substance coming through about what has been agreed, primarily because the negotiations will stretch beyond this year, and, quite possibly, the next.

Internationally I fear that the refugee crisis will continue. There are a lot of elections throughout Europe this year which may well change the dynamic in terms of how this continent deals with refugees from other parts of the world as well as possibly disrupting the Brexit negotiations. Locally I expect the challenges we have had for the last few years of a lack of permanent, full time jobs being created, a lack of affordable homes being available and poor public transport to continue. The challenges facing the NHS and the social care sector will come to the forefront as the years of underfunding will come home to roost.

On a more positive note we had a fantastic Christmas Dinner at Neston Cricket Club just before Christmas. We asked local organisations to invite pensioners to the meal which was prepared free of charge by local businessman Brian Hannaway. We were fortunate to receive donations from Essar, Calor Gas, M53 Ford, Sainsbury's, Blain Boland Solicitors, CF Fertilisers, EA Technology, CNS, The Roseberry Group, Vauxhall Employees Charity Fund, Marks & Spencer, Bargain Booze (Whitby), Dreams Hairdressing (Whitby), Brio - Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, Mecca Bingo, Enterprise Inns, Ince Park and some of our Local Councillors have all contributed to the event, as did Sally Griffiths and Disco Dave who put on the entertainment. It seemed that the guests had a good time and hopefully with the continued generosity of local companies we will be able to put on a similar event next Christmas.

Justin Madders MP
Ellesmere Port & Neston
Shadow Health Minister

Justin's next surgery in Neston will be on Friday 10th February, 10am to 12 noon at NCYC.

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