The festive season gives us time to look back on the past 12 months and look ahead to the year to come. In 2013 we’ve seen positive signs of economic recovery thanks to the hard work of individuals and businesses throughout the UK. More than a million new jobs have been created in the private sector since the election. Local job schemes and fairs, like the one I held in September, have us on track to create a million more.
In our area there has been a great deal of interest in the Council’s Primary School Improvement Programme, concerns about the condition of our local roads and anxiety around Morrisons’ plans for their Bishopbriggs store. But there have also been moments of delight including important plans by the Council to revamp Kirkintilloch town centre and the triumph for community activism when Tesco abandoned their store expansion plans in Milngavie or when George Hamill from Shaky’s Plaice won his fight to stay in the Sainsbury’s car park.
As we welcome in 2014, with the huge decision looming in the independence referendum and excitement for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, local residents can also look forward to the Lib Dems delivering our top manifesto commitment by giving a £700 income tax cut to more than 20 million people in April.
I hope this time is filled with warm moments spent with family and friends. Over the holidays Duncan and I are eagerly anticipating meeting our new baby and embarking on the wonderful experience of parenthood. Whatever your plans for the holidays, I wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year.