January can be a month when people and businesses face some tough challenges and I know that there are some concerns about our town centres. Our shops are facing huge pressure from internet competition and empty retail units can dent the attractiveness of an area.
I have started the year with a series of strategic meetings with key local groups including the Police, Yeovil District Hospital, South Somerset District Council and the management of Yeovil Town Football Club.
I am hugely grateful to the good people of Yeovil and South Somerset for re-electing me a week ago. Over ten thousand more of you voted for me than when I was first elected in 2015. Across the country though the big winner was democracy.