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Andrew Mitchell MP: Christmas Message 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my constituents a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

2012 has seen the Government continuing to cut the deficit and there has been a very positive upturn in Sutton Coldfield with The Mall securing a number of new retailers over recent months.

However, as we go into 2013 our minds are concentrated on the serious challenge to Sutton Coldfield’s Green Belt by the Labour controlled City Council. Sutton’s Councillors and I are absolutely clear that building on the Green Belt could destroy the character of Sutton.

I hope that whatever this year has brought you will be able to spend time with your family and friends and enjoy yourself this festive season. My thoughts are with those whose loved ones are not with them at Christmas, whether from bereavement, illness or because they are serving abroad in the Armed Forces.

My particular thanks to our Emergency Services and Serving Personnel whose dedication to serving the community ensures that we can all enjoy the festive season safely. On Thursday I took the opportunity to visit Good Hope Hospital, as well as the Sutton Coldfield Police and Fire Stations to meet with some of those people and thank them for their hard work, not only at this time but throughout the whole year, on behalf of our town.

I also spent an enjoyable morning in Sutton’s Postal Sorting Office thanking our Postmen and women for all their hard work delivering Sutton’s mail. I joined one of Walmley's Postmen on his delivery round to see at first hand the service they deliver.

My first priority is always Sutton Coldfield. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if I can help you with any problems or answer any questions. I am always happy to try to help.

My very best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Andrew Mitchell

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