My best wishes to the newly-elected councillors and all the candidates who took part in the recent local authority elections.
The region faces many challenges and council decisions will have a significant impact on all our lives.
From a political perspective I was pleased the Conservatives again secured the most seats, but the final administration will depend on constructive negotiations amongst parties and independents.
As a local MP I look forward to working with councillors and the authority’s new chief executive.
It is hard to believe that it is 27 years since the Food Train charity started delivering essentials to those who struggled leaving home to shop for themselves.
Since then, the organisation, founded in our region, has gone from strength to strength expanding their range of services and geographically.
I’m delighted they will soon move their HQ into a specially-adapted former council building in English Street, Dumfries, which will also include a hub for older people.
I look forward to taking up an invitation from chief executive Michelle Carruthers to visit the new base.
I welcome a UK Department of Work and Pensions campaign to boost the take-up of Pensioner Credit.
There are 3,019 recipients currently in the Dumfries and Galloway constituency but officials estimate more could be eligible for a top-up to their state pension, averaging £3,300 annually.
Recipients may also qualify for help with housing, council tax, heating and the over-75s' free TV licence. Help is available from the UK Government at www.gov.uk/pension-credit or on 0800 991 234.
A wide range of events are planned across the constituency to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee during the special bank holiday from June 2 to 5.
I commend organisers for their efforts — including the volunteers setting up a beacon on the top of Criffel — and hope as many people as possible have the chance to enjoy this landmark national and international occasion.