Wednesday 23 December 2020 / 11:51 AM Angela Rayner

My heart goes out to all those struggling at Christmas – Angela Rayner

Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner has today published her Christmas message, reflecting on the tough year that has gone and saying that “my heart goes out to everyone who is struggling, missing a loved one or isolated from their family” this Christmas.

The focus of Rayner’s Christmas message is paying tribute to the key workers who have kept our country going through the Coronavirus pandemic, with Labour’s Deputy Leader saying: “there are no words that I can say that will even come close to doing you justice. We all owe you a debt which can never be repaid.”

Rayner, who was a care worker before being elected as a Member of Parliament, says that on Christmas Day when she sits down for her family Christmas dinner she will be thinking of her old work mates “because for our care workers and so many other key workers, their work doesn’t stop on Christmas Day.”

Looking to the future, Rayner commits the Labour Party to fighting to ensure that our key workers “get the pay rise and the respect that you deserve” next year.

Rayner ends her Christmas message by saying that there is a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the “sacrifices of our key workers on the frontline” and the “spirit of the British people in keeping each other safe.”

Full text of Angela Rayner’s Christmas message

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

This year the Coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us.

Many of us have lost loved ones.

And this Christmas, my heart goes out to everyone who is struggling, missing a loved one or isolated from their family.

Christmas is a time when we all reflect on the year that has just gone.

And I want to say a massive thank you.

Thank you to the care workers and NHS staff who have risked their lives to save others.

Thank you to the supermarket staff and delivery drivers who have kept us all fed and connected.

Thank you to all of our key workers who have kept us safe and kept our country going.

There is nothing that I can say that will even come close to doing you justice. We all owe you a debt which can never be repaid.

And when I sit down for my Christmas dinner, I’ll be thinking of my old work mates from when I was a care worker in Stockport.

Because for our care workers and so many other key workers, their work doesn’t stop on Christmas Day.

I hope that at some point this Christmas you get a well-earned break. And next year, we will fight to make sure that you get the pay rise and the respect that you deserve.

This year has been a tough year for all of us. Our country has suffered more than almost any other.

But thanks to the sacrifice of our key workers on the frontline, and the spirit of the British people in keeping each other safe, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

And I hope that, even in the most difficult of circumstances, everyone is able to have a Merry Christmas.