Christmas Column

After an incredibly hectic few weeks campaigning in the General Election, there was no time to rest for MPs, with last week’s Queen’s Speech and of course Friday’s vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. I know how much so many of you want to see us leave the EU and I was pleased to vote for the Bill to make sure this happens.

Here in the Moorlands, it’s lovely to be able to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy all that our fantastic part of the world has to offer, especially during this festive season.  But the individual way in which we all choose to mark Christmas is only possible because of so many people and organisations who work to make it possible.

Thank you to everyone working in our local shops, markets, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and to our hardworking postmen and women who are busy making sure that our cards and parcels are delivered to us on time, despite the weather.  Thank you to our farmers, who work as usual during the festive season, producing the best produce that we can enjoy, and to the doctors and nurses and carers working over Christmas looking after our loved ones. 


Christmas is a time to come together, so thank you to the many volunteers and charities working for all those in need, especially the elderly and the lonely. 

A special thank you too to our fantastic emergency services - the police, the fire service and ambulance crews – all working hard to keep us safe.


And finally, I know that we are all thinking of everyone working away from home whether serving in the forces or apart from families and loved ones at this special time of year. 


I wish everyone in Staffordshire Moorlands a very happy and peaceful Christmas.