In his New Year Message Liberal Democrat Acting Leader, Ed Davey, highlights the opportunities and priorities for Liberal Democrats in 2020, including tackling the climate emergency and social injustice alongside, opposing Brexit and promoting internationalism.
Ed also calls on Liberal Democrats to showcase liberalism in action by campaigning on issues they care about in communities across the United Kingdom throughout 2020.
In his New Year message Ed Davey said:
I’ve made a New Year’s Resolution.
I want to show my community better than ever what liberalism means in action.
So I’ll be working harder than ever in my constituency advice surgeries, helping local people with their financial problems, with their housing issues and working with local people to strengthen our communities, that we’re privileged to serve.
If that sounds like old-fashioned, grassroots, community politics, you’re hearing me.
Last December’s election was, on several levels, deeply depressing.
But flip it over. There’s actually a huge opportunity here for us, the Liberal Democrats.
Of course, we’ve a job to do, continuing to oppose Brexit. To remain Britain’s leading pro-European, internationalist party.
Yet that’s never been our sole purpose, has it? Liberalism is so much more.
We’ve always been a party determined to shake up the system.
Socially. Economically. Politically. Environmentally.
We know Liberal Democrats care passionately about tackling social injustice, creating opportunity, beating climate change.
The question for 2020 is can we show all that to the rest of the UK - our full Liberal purpose?
And that’s where you come in. With your New Year’s Resolution.
Will you join me, in showing your community what liberalism means, in action?
Just pick an issue and go and campaign on it - just like a Liberal Democrat.
If we’ve got a deal on that, there’s at least one Deal in 2020 I’ll be able to back.
In Kingston and Surbiton, I’ll be running campaigns for better council homes – and more council housing, supporting my wife Emily, who’s leading the charge.
What are your campaigns going to be?
And we’ll run national campaigns too.
I want 2020 to be the year when Liberal Democrats champion climate action campaigns and show to people that tackling the climate emergency means better paid jobs, world class public transport and lower heating bills.
In 2020 the Liberal Democrats will take every opportunity to hold this appalling, right wing, nationalistic Johnson government to account.
The poorest need us. The climate needs us. The union of the United Kingdom needs us.
So my Liberal Democrat friends – have you made that New Year’s Resolution? Happy New Year.