ANGUS MP Mike Weir reflected over what has been a difficult year for many and looked forward to the challenges that lie ahead, in his festive message.
“As 2011 comes to an end it is sometimes difficult to be cheery and hopeful,” commented the MP.
“It has been a very difficult year economically, both nationally and locally and our local economy has had some very painful times.
“We do, however, continue to have many robust businesses and it is vital we continue to do everything we can to support them in these difficult times.
“As in previous years I have tackled many issues for local businesses, sometimes successfully and, regrettably, sometimes not.
“Unfortunately as we reach the end of the year the situation remains difficult and many of these issues will continue to dominate in the months ahead.
“I and my staff have taken up individual issues throughout Angus and it never ceases to amaze me the very wide variety of issues that interest constituents from the local to the very international.
“Ministers have become very used to getting approaches from me on behalf of constituents over the huge number of issues that face the world.
“I and the whole community was clearly delighted that 45 commando returned safely from their deployment in Afghanistan without suffering any fatalities.
“We will undoubtedly face other difficulties in the coming year but I would wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous and, above all, peaceful New Year.”