I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope everyone celebrating Christmas, or Chanukah, or just taking time off for the holidays, has the chance to rest and spend time with family and friends during this festive season. As we prepare to enter a new decade, I send you my best wishes for a peaceful and successful 2020.
I would like to express my support and gratitude to everyone who will be working during the Christmas period, including staff in the transport, hospitality, retail and farming sectors. At this time of the year, we should also remember the dedication of NHS staff, the police, and the emergency services who do incredibly important work to look after all of us, often putting their own safety on the line work help others. And we should be very proud of the service of the men and women of our armed forces. They are the best in the world. I thank them for all that they do, particularly at this special time of the year when many of them will be far away from their family and friends.
It’s been a truly turbulent year in British politics culminating in the first December general election for a hundred years. I feel deeply humbled to have been chosen for a fifth time by the people of Barnet to represent them in Parliament. It’s been a huge honour and privilege for me to have been able to serve the people of this constituency for 14 years as their MP. I am massively grateful to have been given the opportunity to do this for a further term.
I love this place, this community which is my home, and I will always campaign on the local issues that matter to all of us who live here, and on which I have been updating you via this e-newsletter.
It’s clear that Brexit has created new fractures in British politics, including right here in Barnet. In whatever way I can, I’ll work to try to bridge these divisions, to bring people back together and move the country forward.
I’m deeply thankful that my time as MP for Barnet has enabled me to champion so many issues that I care deeply about, not least the protection of our green spaces, our natural environment, and our climate. These are some of the defining challenges of our time. I focused on the environment in my first speech in the House of Commons. As the newly re-elected MP, these are some of the causes which I will continue to champion in Parliament and in the constituency. Click here to read My Plan for Barnet which sets out key local campaigning priorities for improving life in our community.