As 2015 draws to a close I have spent some time reflecting on the events of the past 12 months.
Of course, this time last year I was preparing for what is probably one of the most difficult and drawn out job interviews – the General Election campaign. It was an interesting and challenging campaign, where opinion polls did not reflect the feeling of people I met around the constituency.
Most of the hustings were very well attended, although the one at the university had a disappointing turn out. There was clearly a keen interest in the election, as evidenced by the high turn out on Election Day. We traditionally turn out well in this constituency and I was not surprised by the number of people I saw on the streets of the constituency walking toward polling stations with polling cards in hand. It is always very encouraging to see so many people getting involved in this important democratic process regardless of who they vote for.
As we know, the year has been marred with great tragedy, with worldwide terrorist atrocities claiming hundreds of lives. While many disagreed with the action to extend air operations in to the terrorists’ homeland in Syria, I believe the coalition of nations involved are taking the correct action to try to protect us all from this terrible death cult.
There have been a number of controversial votes in Parliament this year, many of which have elicited vast numbers of emails and letters from constituents. I always take note of the opinions of constituents before walking through the lobbies in Parliament and I appreciate the effort so many go to in order to let me know their views.
Whatever 2016 may bring I will continue to do my best to represent the people of Romsey and Southampton North. I would very much like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year and look forward to seeing many of you in 2016.