MP COLUMN: Town has been through rollercoaster of a year by Gloria De Piero

Freya Weightman from year 6 at Lynncroft Primary School , with her winning Christmas card design, which was picked out by MP, Gloria De Piero and sponsored by Vic Handley fo Van Elle in Pinxton.
Freya Weightman from year 6 at Lynncroft Primary School , with her winning Christmas card design, which was picked out by MP, Gloria De Piero and sponsored by Vic Handley fo Van Elle in Pinxton.

Happy New Year. I was so honoured to be re-elected as your MP in 2015 and my number one priority remains standing up for Eastwood and fighting for every resident who needs my support.

I dealt with 1,287 of your individual problems last year and responded to over 2,000 policy queries.

Keep telling me what you want from me so I can continue to fight your corner.

If you need help or advice then give me a call on 01623 720399 or emailgloria.depiero.mp@parliament.uk

I was disappointed that Labour lost the General Election but we will keep holding the Government to account so I was pleased that we forced the Government to U-turn on the unfair tax credit cut, but working people are still worse off under the Tories.

The chancellor has just found another way to take money from working families as tax credits will eventually be replaced by universal credit.

This is the same Government that cut inheritance tax for the richest top six per cent. Sadly, when you look back, this ‘them and us attitude’ became a recurring theme of 2015.

I’ve always supported the Labour Party because I think it represents the best hope for working people.

Some Advertiser readers will always vote Labour, some will never vote Labour and some used to vote Labour but don’t anymore.

I’d particularly love to hear from those in the last group about how we win you back. If you email me, I promise to read your thoughts.

2015 was also a rollercoaster of a year for the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre which has been threatened with closure once again.

I’ve fought tooth and nail to keep it open and following a meeting earlier last month with the council leader and a variety of different groups I am more hopeful that we can save it by securing external funding.

It’s also terrific news that Nottingham has just won the UNESCO City of Literature title.

Things are looking up and I hope the status can be used to support literary projects currently in place around the Nottinghamshire, including our town’s Heritage Centre.

Christmas and New Year has always been my favourite time of the year.

You simply can’t beat spending time with your friends, family and loved ones – eating and drinking and being merry.

Whatever you have been doing over the last week or so, I hope you have had a wonderful time and I want to wish you all a very happy New Year.

I look forward to serving you in 2016.