I hope all Sutton residents and readers of the Sutton Coldfield Observer have had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas break. May I wish you the very best for 2014.
I am looking forward to 2014. There is now less than 18 months to go before the next General Election, and the steps that the Coalition Government has taken – although not easy – are beginning to deliver tangible results.
2013 was, as ever, a very busy and productive year for me as Sutton’s Member of Parliament. I have visited many schools, businesses and charities serving Sutton’s residents to support them and the services they provide. I have also been able to meet and correspond with thousands of constituents. Reflecting and representing the views of my constituents on these issues – of local, national and international interest – is my privilege as Sutton’s MP. I take every opportunity to express these views and concerns with my colleagues. It is a joy to represent such a vibrant and active community.
2014 already looks to be dominated by two crucial campaigns closely linked to both daily life and the heritage of Sutton Coldfield. This year we need to step up the campaign against plans to build on Sutton’s Green Belt. While I am strongly in favour of progress and understand constraints on current housing stock I am firmly of the belief that there has to be a better solution than building on our already-encroached upon Green Spaces which we must preserve for future generations.
Sutton has a proud history. This is why our proposal to reaffirm Sutton Coldfield’s rightful status as a Royal Town will not only reconfirm what the people of Sutton already know – that this is a town full of heritage and a unique sense of identity – but it will promote that identity and solidarity to the outside world, strengthening ties in the community and Sutton’s rightful place in British history.
Throughout 2014 I will be focusing on these issues alongside all others that my constituents raise with me. As always my first priority remains Sutton Coldfield.
If ever you feel I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to me at the House of Commons:
Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA