AS 2022 comes to an end, North Wiltshire MP James Gray has given his thoughts on how it’s gone and what’s to come.

He said: “It’s been a very turbulent year. There’s the sad death of the queen and the ascension of the king. Throughout it all we’ve had the ongoing war in Ukraine and as a result of that we’ve got the current spike in energy and inflation.

“It’s been a very turbulent year of course for the Conservative party. It’s been a year of three prime ministers.”

“However, I think the current Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are doing a brilliant job and the markets are steady as a result.

“I think we’re looking at a period of stability over the new year which is what we want. I think we’ll see energy prices coming down in the Spring and inflation coming down with it.

“So, I think we will see the end result of this budget during the course of spring or summer next year.”

“Locally I think there’s a great deal to be grateful for.

“I think we have a record low unemployment. Looking forward I’m very concerned about the boundary changes.

“I’m going to be standing for the South Cotswold seat. I’m particularly sad about losing Wootton Bassett and Calne and Box and Colerne but of course it would be a very nice seat to have.

“So, I look forward with hope but 2022 has been turbulent to say the least.”