This time of year can be fraught but I just love it, says Devizes MP Claire Perry

This Is Wiltshire: Devizes MP Claire Perry says it is the best time of year for her Devizes MP Claire Perry says it is the best time of year for her

It’s Christmas Eve and I hope you have the presents wrapped, tree decorated and friends and family around to share the festive season.

It can be a fraught time of year, but for me it is also the best time; carols on Christmas Eve or a packed service on Christmas Day, the placing of the tree bauble bought to celebrate “baby’s first Christmas”, unpacking the battered nativity scene, making a pudding (mine was only done last week, sorry Delia) and chats that come more easily with friends and strangers alike.

I even like the darkness. The celebrations give hope and light in the middle of the darkest season, just before the nights begin to lengthen and I have spent several Christmases down under where the festival falls at the height of summer and beach going sits uneasily with turkey and fake snow.

I spent many years in America where Thanksgiving easily beats Christmas as the nation’s big holiday leaving the latter a little adrift.

Even the decorations were wrong, for while the public buildings were gloriously adorned, the basics like crackers were missing and when I tried to take some with me from Britain, they were confiscated on the airport on account of the gunpowder in the snaps.

This is also a time to catch up and reflect on the past year as your MP.

High points have included getting the importance of our local rail links recognised with a commitment to electrify as far as Great Bedwyn and securing a good long distance service for both Bedwyn and Pewsey stations, and it was also fantastic to see more health care services put back into Savernake hospital for which many of us have campaigned.

I also welcomed the 20 per cent fall in local unemployment over the last year and was pleased to play my part in supporting those who have been out of work longest by offering work experience to people on the Work Programme.

My campaign for a safer Internet has delivered more than I could ever have hoped for, and personally it was challenging and satisfying to be made part of HM’s Government as a Whip and to finally move into the beautiful Pewsey Vale with my family.

I will set out my priorities for 2014 in my first column after the break but for now I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

It remains my greatest privilege to continue to serve you as your representative in Parliament and please let me know how I can help in 2014.

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8:43am Wed 25 Dec 13

brasstacks says...

With Respect, in Wiltshire, there are few Residents financially able to have a day out in Devizes let alone enjoy Christmas in another Country..

It is very sad that Ms Perry and other MP's are using a Christmas "message" to fly the flag of their perceived "achievements"..

The achievements of the REAL workers in Wiltshire goes un noticed by TOO many although us Residents ARE very grateful for those provide do the REAL help to us all..

The "brasstacks" Christmas "message" is as follows:

I wish you all a Peaceful Christmas filled with Hope..and as many Calories as you can afford !?....
I am trying not to put the TV on and am wondering if I can get through the day instead by flipping through at The David Beckham 2014 Calendar that Santa Klaus kindly brought me !?
I am awaiting Minor Surgery and have no hope of any help from Wiltshire Council's Adult Care Team as there is no money left because Ms Scott and Co's pay rise came first.
I cooked my Christmas Dinner last night so that today, I can ring around those I know who need help even more than I do..just a phone call to someone Elderly and lonely can make such a difference, Claire..
As the Conservative Led Cabinet sit down to fill their tummys and write their next Political self proclamation, I WILL be hoping and Praying, Ms Perry that, in 2014, you all join into addressing the needs of ALL the Residents of Wiltshire and...KEEPING the much valued front line Staff who Jane has left ?
The ONLY "priorities" in Wiltshire ARE those of the People and NOT Political ones that consist of broken promises by the Public Servants who Tax Payers Fund so...look after the People and NOT the Funding that is being spent and wasted..

I am going to take time today to reflect on and miss all the years that Christmas was a time to enjoy (even when dosh was short)..

I am truly hoping that Ms Scott will give back her Pay Rise as a gesture to the Residents of Wiltshire that WE matter more than her Political aspiratations ?..

My heart goes out today to those affected by the recent Floods and to those who have lost loved ones recently.

To the Bin Men who are going to loose their Jobs in 2014 and to the Staff "let go" by Ms Scott because she HAS got it wrong, again.

None of us need to know about Employment "figures" and the like..
We DO need to know how much longer Ms Scott is going to be allowed to carry on taking from our beloved County..

People before Politics please ?
With Respect, in Wiltshire, there are few Residents financially able to have a day out in Devizes let alone enjoy Christmas in another Country.. It is very sad that Ms Perry and other MP's are using a Christmas "message" to fly the flag of their perceived "achievements".. The achievements of the REAL workers in Wiltshire goes un noticed by TOO many although us Residents ARE very grateful for those provide do the REAL help to us all.. The "brasstacks" Christmas "message" is as follows: I wish you all a Peaceful Christmas filled with Hope..and as many Calories as you can afford !?.... I am trying not to put the TV on and am wondering if I can get through the day instead by flipping through at The David Beckham 2014 Calendar that Santa Klaus kindly brought me !? I am awaiting Minor Surgery and have no hope of any help from Wiltshire Council's Adult Care Team as there is no money left because Ms Scott and Co's pay rise came first. I cooked my Christmas Dinner last night so that today, I can ring around those I know who need help even more than I do..just a phone call to someone Elderly and lonely can make such a difference, Claire.. As the Conservative Led Cabinet sit down to fill their tummys and write their next Political self proclamation, I WILL be hoping and Praying, Ms Perry that, in 2014, you all join into addressing the needs of ALL the Residents of Wiltshire and...KEEPING the much valued front line Staff who Jane has left ? The ONLY "priorities" in Wiltshire ARE those of the People and NOT Political ones that consist of broken promises by the Public Servants who Tax Payers Fund so...look after the People and NOT the Funding that is being spent and wasted.. I am going to take time today to reflect on and miss all the years that Christmas was a time to enjoy (even when dosh was short).. I am truly hoping that Ms Scott will give back her Pay Rise as a gesture to the Residents of Wiltshire that WE matter more than her Political aspiratations ?.. My heart goes out today to those affected by the recent Floods and to those who have lost loved ones recently. To the Bin Men who are going to loose their Jobs in 2014 and to the Staff "let go" by Ms Scott because she HAS got it wrong, again. None of us need to know about Employment "figures" and the like.. We DO need to know how much longer Ms Scott is going to be allowed to carry on taking from our beloved County.. People before Politics please ? brasstacks
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12:18pm Fri 27 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

Perhaps Perry could tell us how many more claims for working tax credit have been made since the 20% fall.
We all know that this and previous governments are quite prepared to subsidise the likes of Tesco et al by allowing them to split full time jobs into 2 or even 3 part time jobs, thus avoiding Employers NI contribution and relying on the state to subsidise zero hour contracts and poor pay.
Unfortunately for the tories just repeating the same lie 'the economy is recovering' does not make it happen.
Go and talk to young and old Perry, your twaddle does not stand up to reality, we are not bouncing back, we are in fact spinning out of control.
Perhaps Perry could tell us how many more claims for working tax credit have been made since the 20% fall. We all know that this and previous governments are quite prepared to subsidise the likes of Tesco et al by allowing them to split full time jobs into 2 or even 3 part time jobs, thus avoiding Employers NI contribution and relying on the state to subsidise zero hour contracts and poor pay. Unfortunately for the tories just repeating the same lie 'the economy is recovering' does not make it happen. Go and talk to young and old Perry, your twaddle does not stand up to reality, we are not bouncing back, we are in fact spinning out of control. kimcrawley
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4:17pm Sun 29 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

Just a little research shows that in 2010 41000 people used food banks.
Now that we are enjoying economic recovery (Perry style) - 500000 people accessed food banks.
Real success, what will this awful coalition do next. License hunters to kill the poor? After all, running from the cowardly hunters will keep benefit scroungers fit and reduce the bill for the NHS.
What will happen when interest rates rise and hard working homeowners face repossession, I bet Perry says it's labour's fault.
Just a little research shows that in 2010 41000 people used food banks. Now that we are enjoying economic recovery (Perry style) - 500000 people accessed food banks. Real success, what will this awful coalition do next. License hunters to kill the poor? After all, running from the cowardly hunters will keep benefit scroungers fit and reduce the bill for the NHS. What will happen when interest rates rise and hard working homeowners face repossession, I bet Perry says it's labour's fault. kimcrawley
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