It's been a busy and rewarding year and with more good news emerging on the economic recovery 2014 is finishing on a positive note.
The number of Job Seeker's Allowance claimants in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire dropped from nearly 1,700 in February this year to 1,300 in October. Employment in the UK is at the highest level on record and unemployment is down to 7.6%.
The growth forecast for our economy increased to 2.4% for 2014 – the fastest growth for any major economy and 3.1 million private sector jobs have been created since 2010.
I was delighted that the first Carmarthen Jobs Fair that I organised in October was such a success – we had 25 companies taking part and 100 job seekers through the doors. Many of them left with interviews arranged and some were even hired on the day.
Carmarthen has seen its fair share of ups and downs this year – council cutbacks are really taking effect – for example the closure of public loos across the county – and consultations are still ongoing regarding the future of the King Street Post Office.
It's been a busy year in Westminster too with debates on topics as wide-ranging as Syria and the EU Referendum particularly standing out in the memory.
One of the nicest jobs of the year was awarding 10-year-old Holly John of Llanmiloe School the first prize in my Christmas card competition.
The school has 22 pupils and they were all clearly thrilled to have won the competition which had nearly 500 entries. Holly won 500 cards for her school to sell for a good cause. All the shortlisted entries are being displayed on my office windows in Whitland.
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Peaceful 2014.
Simon Hart MP
House of Commons
15, St John St
or 0207 219 3000