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People across Banffshire will have breathed a sigh of relief this week when it was announced there would be no changes to the Covid-19 restrictions for Aberdeenshire or Moray.
I must start this week’s column on a positive note, with congratulations to the Scottish men’s football team for their fantastic achievement in qualifying for the European Championships.
Over the past week, I have again spent time talking to local farmers about the UK Agriculture Bill and future trade deals with the EU, the US, and other economies around the world.
Time and time again during this pandemic, the UK Government has stepped up to provide a safety net of financial support.
Nearly one million jobs were protected by the HMRC furlough scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
There has been a lot said in the press and online over the past week about my votes in the House of Commons on Lords amendments to the UK Agriculture Bill.
I was very pleased to see Scotland’s rural and environmental bodies join forces this week to call for urgent action from the Scottish Government to tackle the scourge of flytipping.
I was very pleased to see so many people in Banff and Buchan were able to take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out offer of discounted meals at local restaurants.
Figures released by the UK Government this week showed that 66,000 cut-price lunches and dinners were claimed.
I would like to start this column by wishing all readers of the Banffshire Journal a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes.
I am sure that most people will be hoping for a break from politics over the festive period after the first winter general election since 1935.
It has become a feature of recent elections for Nicola Sturgeon to make a pitch to Scots who do not share her enthusiasm for breaking up the United Kingdom.
Voters are told that they do not necessarily have to support independence to back the SNP.
David Duguid has launched a scathing attack on the first minister, accusing her of “ignoring” rural communities such as the coastal towns in Banff and Buchan.
In 2017, the Conservative took the constituency from the SNP – overturning a 14,300 majority.