As we approach the end of, to say the least, an eventful year at Westminster my overriding hope is that the next few months bring a greater spirit of co-operation and some certainty for the country as we embark on a new chapter in our national life.
Back home in Dumfries and Galloway I find it refreshing to see everyday life carrying on as normal and most of my constituents dealing with daily challenges in a down-to-earth positive way and ever ready to help others less fortunate than themselves.
I find my role as MP a great privilege, not least because it allows me to meet so many people and engage with local organisations on an almost daily basis. This dialogue is invaluable and gives me the opportunity as your representative to take up issues where I may be able to assist.
Whilst the constituency is large, with many diverse and distinctive areas, community spirit has shone through in abundance at the many events and celebrations I've been invited to over the last year.
As I look forward to 2019, Brexit will dominate the national agenda but locally supporting projects like the Stranraer waterfront, regeneration of town centres such as Dumfries and pressing for improved communications and roads will be high on my agenda.
An early announcement on the Borderlands Growth Deal should signal a potential boost to infrastructure and skills across the south of Scotland.
I welcome feedback at my regular surgeries, by post to my office in Academy Street, Dumfries or through my website at www.alisterjack.co.uk
Finally, I greatly appreciate this opportunity to wish all my constituents a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous 2019.
Alister Jack DL MP