As 2016 comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the year and all the things that have happened.
I have never known such political change in such a short space of time and I am absolutely sure 2016 will go down as one of the most remarkable years in modern political history.
Not only did the country vote to leave the European Union, we got a new Prime Minister, the Labour party took a significant step to the left, with Labour MPs attempting to oust their leader and just last month Donald Trump was elected US President.
At the beginning of the year we were led by David Cameron’s austerity Government, which was continuing its work building the economy, whilst preparing for the long-promised referendum on Brexit.
As the months of campaigning progressed, it became clear the result of the EU vote would be close. Here in Dartford, I was pleased to see such a clear decision, with 64% of voters choosing to leave the EU. The vote led to the end of the Cameron years and a new Prime Minister’s team began working on the challenge of leaving the EU.
Internationally it has been a tumultuous time with the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe, the bitter US election and the war in Syria dominating the news.
So as we move into 2017, we are looking to an uncertain future.
I am, however, hopeful there are positive times ahead, which I hope will start with the triggering of Article 50 in the spring and the beginning of a new chapter in British history.
I hope 2017 turns out to be more settled than this year has been but time will tell. Happy New Year.