2018 was a year of extremes. We had, by British standards, a very cold winter followed by a very hot summer. Around the world, moderation and compromise has seemed in short supply, and, of course, there has been the ongoing Brexit debate.
Negotiation is about compromise and in any negotiation you rarely get everything you want. We have not got everything we wanted in our negotiation to leave the European Union, and I would not claim otherwise.
I will be supporting the Prime Minister tonight. Not only because she deserves that support but also because the country does not need this distraction right now. The Prime Minister has focussed entirely on the national interest. I hope my colleagues will too.
Flying the new Coventry flag, which will be displayed across the city in the build up to Coventry City of Culture 2021 and beyond. The flag features Lady Godiva, an iconic part of Coventry's history, and two blocks of the sky blue of Coventry City Football Club.
Great to be at the Warwick Road Christmas lights switch on in Kenilworth today. Good to see staff from Steve Crowe Butchers, Roy Shearing from the Kenilworth Rotary and many others. I hope the whole town will enjoy the lights over the festive season.