A New Year message from Rugby MP Mark Pawsey
“I would like to wish everyone in Rugby and Bulkington a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2015 was a very big year for Rugby and Bulkington, and for our country. The Rugby World Cup may not have produced the end result we would have hoped for on the pitch but here in Rugby we certainly delivered.
The tournament was an opportunity for us to showcase everything that our town has to offer and we certainly did just that. Since becoming Rugby’s MP in 2010 I have fought hard to ensure our town gets the recognition it deserves as the birthplace of the game. It was incredible to see this finally achieved.
Throughout the tournament the mood, and atmosphere, in the town was electric. The people of Rugby came together and we certainly put our town on the map. It was great to see people from all corners of the world flock here to see for themselves where the game began and I know from the many, many, messages I received during and after the tournament, just how much of a good impression we left on all of our guests.
If 2015 was a big year for sport it was an even bigger one in politics. The General Election was the most important in a generation. Our country faced a clear choice at the polls in May and resoundingly chose to support a party which pledged to build a better future for people of all ages. The Government is already delivering on those pledges: help with the cost of childcare and a quality education for all of our children and grand-children; more opportunities and jobs; a helping hand onto the property ladder; lower taxes; a fully-funded NHS and safety and security in retirement and old age. There is much more to do but we are on the right path and we are building a more prosperous country for us all.
2015 was also a year that brought the dangers we face at home, and abroad, into sharp focus. The despicable acts of terror in Paris highlighted the threat that looms large over us and I know that we all recognise, and appreciate, the incredible work of our security services and armed forces to keep us safe. The continued efforts of those brave men and women, and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis, should never forgotten. Many of them will not have the opportunity to be with their loved ones over the festive period but I know that they will be in all of our thoughts and prayers. We should also remember the incredible efforts of our police, fire and ambulance services and our doctors and nurses throughout the year. Their dedication and public service demands our thanks and appreciation.
As we look ahead to 2016 I am full of optimism. There remain challenges to ensure our economic recovery continues and we have a Government which is committed to overcoming those challenges whilst providing opportunity and security for all.
I hope that 2016 is happy, safe and prosperous for residents throughout Rugby and Bulkington.”
Mark Pawsey MP