As Christmas and the New Year draw ever closer most of us will soon have a little time to reflect upon what the year has brought, what we have achieved and what resolutions we want to make for 2018.
I am delighted to wish my constituents a very Merry Christmas – a time to spend with family and friends and I hope an opportunity for you all to relax over this joyous period.
I would like to thank all those who sacrifice their Christmas and New Year to provide the vital services we require: NHS staff, police officers, fire officers, and others.
At Christmas, however, we must also think about those who are less fortunate than ourselves and all those whose loved ones cannot be with them at the festive season. In particular, I would like to pay tribute to our service men and women who are posted abroad and all their families who give such unstinting support to our nation.
I can hardly believe that 2017 is almost over. We have seen some difficult times this year but I look forward to what 2018 brings for us in Galloway and West Dumfries: namely the recently announced UK Borderlands Deal, the new South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, and the progression of the relocation of Stranraer railway station.
I want to see 2018 be the year of the Galloway National Park – and I hope you will continue to support me in securing this!
Broadband and mobile phone issues continue to challenge locals and I will continue to stand up for your digital rights – we will secure digital equity for the Region.
Lastly, having highlighted the plight of the A75/A77 in Parliament, meetings with Ministers, and on national television – only a continued push towards securing the funding we need, and deserve, will secure a suitable upgrade to both roads.
As ever, it is my privilege and honour to serve as your MSP and I will continue to be your voice in Parliament.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries