WHILE 2022 was a difficult year for many people, I hope that you and your loved ones had a merry Christmas and happy Hogmanay.

This year, I look forward to working with my colleagues to realise the UK Government’s vision of halving inflation to ease the cost of living and give people financial security, create better-paid jobs and opportunities, and secure the future of public services in Scotland.

Reflecting on last year, I was delighted to open my constituency office in Haddington, where I have met and supported residents from across South Scotland.

I campaigned for better road and rail services for East Lothian, including presenting a petition to Lothian Buses to reinstate the X5 bus service between North Berwick and Edinburgh, and I also raised wider service issues. I also met with Scotland’s Transport Minister to press for a rail link between Haddington and Edinburgh.

I was delighted Lothian Buses reintroduced the X5 service and that the Transport Minister has agreed to a follow-up meeting with myself and local rail campaign group RAGES.

I understand that the cost of living has been a big worry for many families, and I want to support local charities and individuals as well as shops and businesses.

This year, I will push for the reopening of vitally important historic sites such as Dirleton Castle, Tantallon Castle and Hailes Castle, which attracted over 75,000 visitors and generated vital revenue for local businesses until they closed last year.

I will also stand up for residents’ and businesses’ views in relation to the introduction of parking charges.

And I will continue to advocate for nuclear energy production as a major source of employment – as well as backing other forms of clean, green energy.

Finally, I would like to pass on my best wishes to you and your loved ones for 2023.