The start of a New Year is a time to reflect on the year gone by, but it’s also a time for make resolutions and to look forward to the year ahead. It is a time of change, and hope for what the New Year brings. As we begin 2016, in terms of a political resolution there can only be one, and that is to continue with the job of rebuilding our economy, protecting the strong economic progress we have made as a country, continuing to support more people to secure jobs, and continuing to take the difficult decisions so we live within our means and bring our debts down. In looking at the year ahead, I also particularly welcome the long overdue debate on Europe, and the referendum. Whatever view you take on this issue, it will give all of us our say on the hugely important question of whether the UK should remain a member of the EU or leave. Internationally the world in 2016 remains a complex and dangerous place, but I hope that this year will see renewed efforts to bring peace to those parts of the world, like Syria, suffering from conflict, and renewed efforts to defeat the evil of terrorism. More locally, in 2015 we achieved some real success in stopping the planned new development in Rearsby which would have fundamentally changed the character of this beautiful village – in 2016 we must keep up the campaign to ensure that where major development happens it is in keeping with an area and does not harm its character.