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Selby's political big-hitters share Christmas messages

As Christmas Day approaches, Selby Online bring you seasonal messages of good will from leading figures in local politics. As we move from 2014 into 2015, an election year, Selby District Council's Leader Mark Crane and opposition group leader Steve Shaw-Wright share their thoughts.

Published 8 years ago | Updated 8 years ago

Cllr Mark Crane

Leader of Selby District Council and District Councillor for Brayton

Can I take this opportunity to wish all readers of Selby Online a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

The Christmas period allows us the opportunity to recharge our batteries and also reflect on the previous year and its challenges. I believe that this year has again been a challenge for all Councils with the Governments continued drive to reduce public spending and at Selby we have faced that challenge and will continue to do so next year.

Despite this we are now nearing completion of the new leisure centre and also have plans for a leisure village next door. We do hope that this new facility will give the people who live and work in the district a building to be proud of and also the impetus in the new year to take up exercise or increase the exercise they already do. The new swimming pools will be a source of pride and I do hope will see an increase in participation of sport.

I also believe that this new facility will draw more people into the town and cause people to spend more of their hard earned money in the town. I am also bidding for the tour de Yorkshire to come to the town next year which would again give the local economy a real  boost, I do hope that readers support this as well.

Finally,  have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and make the most of any time off. I hope Father Christmas is kind to you all!”



Cllr Steve Shaw-Wright

Leader of the opposition group for Selby District Council and District Councillor for Selby North

I do wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we gather together the family from far and wide and those just around the corner, send card to those family and friends that we again will resolve to meet up with in the new year, but never quite get round to it.

I think not only of them but to the many people who will face Christmas alone, those who will struggle to heat their homes, and those who will make sacrifices to ensure the children don’t miss out on the excitement of Christmas time.

Like Narnia, this country, for the majority, under the Tory led government is “like winter but never Christmas”.

I will still be helping those less fortunate than most, but will get to spend some time with family and friends. And then look forward  to a better 2015 .


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First published at 14:38 on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014.
Last updated at 15:20 on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014.