We want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family & friends a very happy New Year. 2020 has been a tough year for everyone - and I think we are all ready to put this year behind us and look forward to 2021 with renewed hope and optimism. The vaccines have arrived and are beginning to be rolled out, and we all hope life will be able to gradually return to normal over the coming months.
We owe a debt of gratitude to all our frontline workers - to carers, to hospital staff, to teachers, to those working to keep food in the shops, to those delivering our parcels, to scientists and to so many others performing key roles. I think as the year comes to a close that we should all take time to reflect on how much we owe all these people and to say a heartfelt thank you. We won’t forget.
Next year feels like a new beginning. A new trading relationship with the EU will be in place. A new, changed world will come into view as we all recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and reassess what the new normal should look like. One thing is for certain - the pandemic has changed our lives significantly, whether it is how we shop or how we work. We will need to adapt.
Bromley Lib Dems look at 2021 with a sense of optimism that we can re-build a better and stronger community here in Bromley. We need fresh ideas and a new urgency to make changes for the better and to deliver a fairer and more equal society. We want to protect local businesses, re-invigorate our high streets, save our community venues and libraries, make Bromley more accessible as well as greener and less polluted. We will do everything in our power to make this a reality by holding Bromley's Conservative Council to account.
2021 will also see our mayoral candidate, the excellent Luisa Porritt, running to lead London. She would make a fantastic mayor and would break up the old, tired duopoly of red and blue. You will hear more from us on Luisa's plans for London in the year ahead leading up to the May election.
So whatever you have planned for 2021 we wish you health, happiness and success. Please stay safe and let's make 2021 a year to remember for all the right reasons.