I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year!
I appreciate that over these past twelve months, many have continued to face real difficulties with the cost of living. These pressures can be especially keenly felt during the Christmas season. I know that my colleagues in the Government are doing all they can to bear down on inflation, and ensure people continue to get the help they need.
As I do every year, I pay tribute to the police and other emergency services who will be working over Christmas to keep us safe from harm. I would like to thank them for their service. I know anyone who needs their help over the Christmas period will be thankful for their dedication. I also want to express my gratitude workers in the health and care sector who will be looking after vulnerable people over Christmas.
We should all be grateful to the brave men and women of our armed forces, who do outstanding work all year round, and many of whom will be posted overseas away from their families during this festive period.
The year ahead promises to be a busy one with both a general election and a London election. I will continue to work hard on all the issues that matter to my constituents, such as protecting our green spaces, fighting against overdevelopment, tackling crime, giving Barnet children the best education, improving local transport, supporting a thriving local economy, and expanding NHS and GP services.
At this important time of the year for Christians I hope that the Nativity’s spiritual message can resonate with people of all faiths and none. The religious significance of Christmas can sometimes feel overlooked because of the festive season becomes so busy with parties, shopping, food, celebrations, etc. But it is important to remember that on 25th December, billions of Christians around the world will mark the birth of Jesus as Good News for humanity and an event of huge significance for the past two millennia of global history.
I very much hope that you all have the chance to enjoy some rest and time with your friends and family during the holiday period.
Best wishes for the festive season!
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