The New Year is a time to look forward and it is as important for us as a party to set ourselves new goals and ambitions as it is as individuals.
I am determined that the Liberal Democrats face the new year with a new sense of purpose, a new drive and a sense of ambition.
Liberalism is fundamentally optimistic about the desire of people to take control of their own lives. Liberal Democrats believe that means having flourishing communities, with well-resourced, well-targeted and well-managed services that enable people to make choices to improve their lives.
And when those communities are threatened by government cuts that are driven by narrow Tory politics, we need to challenge those behind them and offer something very different.
This year Liberal Democrats offer an alternative. 2016 can be a year of hope and opportunity. Britain can be a fairer, less unequal and more optimistic place, true to its values.
Door by door, street by street, town by town, we will make a difference where it matters. We may only be eight MPs, but across the country we have hundreds and hundreds of councillors and members like you determined to speak up for local areas.
Have a happy new year,
Tim Farron MP
Leader of the Liberal Democrats