MP’s mes­sage for Christ­mas and 2017

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JOHN MCDON­NELL MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton

IT HAS been a rocky and fraught political year, be­yond all stretches of the imag­i­na­tion, in which the coun­try has voted to leave the EU, Don­ald Trump has been elected Pres­i­dent of America and in the mid­dle of all that, for me per­son­ally, we’ve been through an­other fre­netic Labour Party lead­er­ship elec­tion.

So­ci­ety is di­vided at the mo­ment but I be­lieve Labour can re­unite us.

Brexit and Trump were both votes against the political es­tab­lish­ment and an eco­nomic sys­tem that has ne­glected most peo­ple for years.

It’s go­ing to take time but I gen­uinely be­lieve Labour’s vi­sion for change is the only way for­ward to unite our coun­try.

The prob­lems we face as a coun­try are no dif­fer­ent from the prob­lems we face in our own patch in West Lon­don – I hear it ev­ery­where I go; hous­ing is too ex­pen­sive, wages are just not keep­ing up with the cost of liv­ing and the cuts to our NHS and so­cial care have placed these vi­tal ser­vices un­der in­tense pres­sure.

Peo­ple are work­ing hard just to stand still and they worry for the fu­ture of their chil­dren and the next gen­er­a­tion.

Over the next year I will con­tinue to work hard to get the best deal for our area. That means mak­ing sure that we pro­tect lo­cal res­i­dents from the threat of the third run­way and se­cure de­cent homes and jobs for lo­cal peo­ple in the new de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place in our area. We will also need to be vig­i­lant in pro­tect­ing our open spa­ces and green belt.

As we come to­gether again with our fam­i­lies at this time of year for Christ­mas and New Year cel­e­bra­tions, I’m urg­ing ev­ery­one to hold on to the hope that we can cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for our­selves and for our loved ones.

I’m look­ing for­ward to an­other year serv­ing the com­mu­nity I love as your lo­cal MP and I want to wish ev­ery Gazette reader a Merry Christ­mas and a Happy New Year!

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