Ed Davey’s New Year message

Happy New Year! There’s a lot to look back on fondly in 2022:

  • The wonderful Jubilee street parties that brought communities together after so long kept apart by Covid.
  • The Lionesses brought football home at Wembley, and the men’s team put on a brilliant run at the World Cup too.
  • And another fantastic by-election victory for the Liberal Democrats!

But it has been a very difficult year too:

  • Vladimir Putin’s appalling war that has claimed the lives of thousands of brave Ukrainians.
  • Political chaos in the Conservative party, inflicting economic chaos on the rest of us.
  • And, of course, the very sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The end of a truly magnificent reign.

The New Year is an opportunity to turn the page and look ahead. And although things are tough for millions, I sense change is possible – so I look to the New Year with hope and optimism.

In 2023, we can look forward to a truly historic and joyful occasion for our family of nations: the coronation of our new King. Another chance for people to come together and celebrate in our communities and – hopefully – under clear skies.

So for 2023, I wish you and your family all the best. Let’s hope it’s a year of fresh starts – in more ways than one.

* Ed Davey is the MP for Kingston & Surbiton and Leader of the Liberal Democrats

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  • George Thomas 31st Dec '22 - 12:14pm

    Do we think he mentioned the Windsor royal family enough?

  • Kevin Hawkins 31st Dec '22 - 1:32pm

    “Vladimir Putin’s appalling war that has claimed the lives of thousands of brave Ukrainians.”

    Plus of course the lives of many brave Russians. And yes, I know they shouldn’t be in the Ukraine, but that’s not really their fault is it?

  • Zachary Adam Barker 1st Jan '23 - 12:11am

    “Do we think he mentioned the Windsor royal family enough?”

    He seems to be trying to outdo the Labour leadership in this.

  • David Franks 1st Jan '23 - 11:07am

    Not a word about the most damaging feature of the year – Brexit and what the Liberal Democrats will do about it. Leaves me thinking the answer is NOTHING!!!

  • Catherine Crosland 1st Jan '23 - 12:07pm

    Happy new year, everyone! I know New Year messages are usually pretty bland, but could Ed really not think of anything to look forward to in 2023 other than the coronation, or *anything* to hope for, other than that there should be nice weather for the coronation?

  • David Allen 1st Jan '23 - 4:12pm

    Happy New Year Lib Dems, and to follow most of the posts above, here’s something to read:


    Harris has a lot of good advice for “our politicians” in the Tory and Labour parties, but doesn’t even bother to mention the Lib Dems. That seems fair enough, because the Lib Dems are doing nothing and going nowhere.

  • Mel Borthwaite 2nd Jan '23 - 11:30am

    I agree with Martin. In Scotland the SNP never misses an opportunity to outline the damage Brexit has inflicted, and still inflicts, on both our country and society. The Liberal Democrats should be making reversal of Brexit a key political priority and key campaign message.

  • Peter Hirst 3rd Jan '23 - 2:50pm

    I suppose anything is possible. I see mostly more of the same. The General Election that could bring change seems years away. The war in Ukraine grinds on. Ordinary people performing acts of great kindness and effort for little personal gain. Our institutions seem in decay. And our processes seem to work to prevent progress. We need a more engaged civil society with the methods to influence events.

  • Jason Connor 5th Jan '23 - 12:12pm

    Well it is really, there is such a thing as pacifism.

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