Neil Find­lay – Labour MSP for Loth­ian

West Lothian Courier - - Christmas 2018 -

This year has been dom­i­nated by the chaos around Brexit, with all the un­cer­tainty and di­vi­sion it has caused for em­ploy­ers, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and fam­i­lies.

And while pan­tomime sea­son con­tin­ues in the House of Com­mons, or­di­nary peo­ple worry about how to pay the bills, the ed­u­ca­tion of their chil­dren and health and well be­ing of their fam­i­lies and loves ones. Across West Loth­ian around 16,000 peo­ple are paid be­low the real liv­ing wage of £8.45, food bank use is ris­ing as the chaos of Uni­ver­sal credit bites, 1000 lo­cal chil­dren have been forced to by­pass their lo­cal hos­pi­tal at St John’s be­cause the Chil­dren’s ward has still has not been re­stored to a 24/7 ser­vice and in towns and vil­lages bus and train ser­vices are fail­ing our com­mu­ni­ties. My hope is that in 2019 these is­sues and many more are ad­dressed and that we be­gin to re­build our es­sen­tial pub­lic ser­vices fol­low­ing years of cuts and de­clin­ing bud­gets.

Fi­nally, I want to say it is a great priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent this area in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment. My of­fice has helped thou­sands of lo­cal peo­ple over the last year – tak­ing up cases, an­swer­ing emails and phone calls, or­gan­is­ing surg­eries and rep­re­sent­ing con­stituents.

I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this work in 2019 – so to ev­ery­one in West Loth­ian, es­pe­cially all of the com­mu­nity groups, char­i­ties and work­ers who help look af­ter us at this time of year have a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas and a peace­ful new year.

I look for­ward to work­ing with many of you in 2019.

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