As we move towards Christmas this year, we have a lot to dwell on.
My own personal moment to remember was when I won the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk seat for the SNP at the general election in May. It was hugely humbling to realise how much trust people put in me. My aim is now to help transform our region from a forgotten corner of Scotland into a hub of prosperity and growth.
Our biggest win this year has been the Borders Railway. Its reopening has already made a huge difference, making the journey to and from Edinburgh easier for local people and bringing visitors here. We’re now a step closer to bringing it to Hawick and that’s something I’ll be working on in the new year.
The announcement that the town is to have the first distillery in the Borders since 1837 is also very welcome.
The lowest spot of the year was this month’s flooding. It caused real damage and disruption which I saw at first hand when I joined our local MSP Paul Wheelhouse in putting sandbags down.
Money is available to fund the repair work through the Bellwin Scheme, and the Scottish Government is making funds available for a full flood protection initiative.
So we’ve plenty to reflect on over the festive season. But the message of peace and goodwill is timeless and, in the turbulent times in which we live, more relevant than ever.
I hope that like me, you’ll enjoy the company of friends and family, and have a wonderful and blessed Christmas.
Calum Kerr MP