New Year’s messages from Bedfordshire MPs

PUBLISHED: 09:14 01 January 2011

Nadine Dorries MP

Nadine Dorries MP

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BEDFORDSHIRE’S Comet country MPs give their take on the year and look forward to 2011.

Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire

May I begin by thanking you all for your support during this past election year.

I hope 2011 will see steady progress by the Government in its attempt to put country on the right track. I know that this will involve some difficult decisions locally, but I trust that the benefit of them will also be clear as we work together for a brighter and more sustainable future. I believe attempts already being made by some to divide the country in violent protest will not be successful, and that we are more likely to see a renewed community and local spirit as people respond to the challenges of what more they can do for themselves and their neighbours.

It will be a significant year internationally. We will be working hard to confront terrorism wherever it threatens us, and I hope for progress towards a peaceful resolution of potential conflicts in Korea, the Middle East and Iran. I am looking forward to visiting our forces in Afghanistan who will continue to do extraordinary work on our behalf.

But the most important things in life, love and friendship, relationships and community will endure despite politics. Let’s hope for an Ashes win, Bury to win promotion and beautiful Bedfordshire to bloom in the spring! A very happy New Year to all.

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid Beds

There is no getting away from the fact that the latter half of 2010 has been tough and many of us realise that 2011 may bring more of the same.

As a nation we are fighting a hard and difficult war in Afghanistan, which has seen a death toll of our own young men and women higher than many predicted. At home, we have also had to come to terms with the fact that a country cannot run on debt alone and that at some point, the piper has to be paid.

This has brought real pain to many households as the price to repay the debt has to come from a cut to public services and that cut is often to be found in jobs.

The Coalition Government has decided upon a scheme of debt repayment, which will mean the pain is sharp, but hopefully short. No country should ever allow itself to get into the financial mess ours was in. No new chancellor should ever walk into Number 11 to find a note that reads “all the money’s gone”. The level of sheer irresponsibility which controlled our finances has meant that many people in Mid Bedfordshire will simply have been unable to enjoy a festive Christmas and relish time with their loved ones as they used to.

I hope that 2011 will be the year we begin to see the reward of our effort. That we will begin to benefit from the debt reduction and that, as a result, international confidence will increase on the back of our fiscal responsibility, bringing with it greater inward investment and job creation.

When we pay off the debt, the good times will return and that is the reason why you will often hear the expression, “we are all in this together” because the Government cannot do it alone. 2011 will be a year of endeavour, one in which those in Government will work hard to attain results which benefit all, whether that be reorganising the NHS so that the patient is once again the most important person in the hospital, or allowing parents to have a far greater say in how schools are run and children are taught.

I look forward to 2011 with anticipation and excitement. It has been my deep pleasure and honour to serve as your MP for another year and as a result of your continued support during the general election, God willing, for another four years. I wish you all health, happiness and prosperity for 2011 and look forward to meeting you out and about in beautiful Mid Beds.


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