As Christmas approaches my thoughts are with all those families and business owners whose property and belongings have been damaged by the recent floods but I am also encouraged that so many volunteers have given their time to helping all those affected.
During my recent visit to the Fenside Community Centre, I was particularly touched by the generosity of those making donations. Never more so than in the last month have I been so proud to call myself the MP for Boston & Skegness.
2013 has been encouraging economically. Nationally we’ve seen an upturn with GDP forecasts for next year almost doubling to 1.6 per cent and employment up by 400,000. We’ve cut the deficit by one third and the private sector continues to make a strong recovery, creating 1.4 million jobs since 2010.
Locally, Boston has been the recipient of much inward investment. Morrisons have recently developed their new banana ripening plant here. Locuro is another great example of innovation. The recent Boston Business Awards clearly show things are getting better.
I know the recent flooding has caused a lot of damage to local businesses but I’m confident we can rally and recover. The Britannia on Church Street was serving Christmas dinner just three days after being flooded and the award-winning Cake Lady has reopened in another premises.
This year has been particularly significant one for me as MP. I’ve had the opportunity to vote for the EU Referendum Bill which will ensure Britain will be able to vote on our EU Membership.
I’d like to thank all of those working in public services, schools and hospitals. They deserve our thoughts, particularly those working over Christmas and helping those affected by the floods.
I am looking forward to spending time with my wife and children and wish all my constituents a Merry Christmas and a successful and prosperous 2014.