Who could have predicted that 2017 would have been such a rollercoaster of a political year? Wildly changing opinion polls, an unexpected General Election, the emergence of fake news, Donald Trump’s tweets, ongoing Brexit negotiations.
A century ago today the battlefields of Europe were still ablaze with a bloody conflict that engulfed the whole world. Around the Belgian town of Ypres the brutal Battle of Passchendaele was still grinding onwards – an offensive that would see over half-a-million casualties on both sides.
This is my first column since the General Election and I would like to use the opportunity to thank all those residents who put their trust in me to continue representing the constituency in Westminster.
Many residents have contacted me following last week’s Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote before the Government invokes Article 50 to commence our exit negotiations from the European Union. They have asked how I intend to vote when this comes before MPs in the next few weeks.
My first Mercury column of 2017 gives an opportunity to look to the year ahead. I’ve written extensively about Europe over the last six months, and more vital stages of Brexit will occur this year, but perhaps I can concentrate this month on some very localised projects.
We have just had the Autumn Statement. Traditionally this Parliamentary occasion, required by law, set out forecasts for the British economy in the years’ ahead and outlined the Government’s spending plans. It was the Budget the following spring that set out tax plans.
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