New Years Honours celebrating Liberal Democrat achievements by outstanding individuals, 30 December 2023

30 Dec 2023

We have had some of our friends recognised in the New Year’s Honours. I am so proud to see their hard work and humanity so appropriately appreciated. 

Jude Godden has received an MBE for serving her community tirelessly for more than 20 years as a Caseworker

From running adult education services to exposing two major national health scandals, and urgently assisting Ukrainian refugees, Jude has constantly gone above and beyond to help others when they need it. Jude’s immense compassion and care is appreciated not only by the communities she serves, but her Liberal Democrat family. Jude truly is a community champion, and today has been rightly recognised for it. 

Gavin Stollar is recognised with an OBE for his long term advocacy for the British Jewish Community

Gavin has, for years, volunteered his time and knowledge to serve as an invaluable conduit between the Liberal Democrats and the Jewish community. Gavin continually helps to ensure that Lib Dem parliamentarians and our councillors are connected with Jewish groups in their local communities by leading the Party in commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day annually and facilitates Lib Dem engagement in all major UK Jewish charitable organisations. We greatly appreciate the important work Gavin voluntarily does for us. 

Andrew Dixon has received an OBE for his dedication to tackling social inequalities and supporting Britain’s entrepreneurs. 

Andrew’s innovative social initiatives have included programmes to better rehabilitate ex-offenders through digital skills and education. Andrew’s wholehearted commitment to helping others reflects his deeply humanitarian nature, of which we are so proud. 

So, friends, please join me in sending a big Lib Dem congratulations to our three Honours recipients. 

I am so proud to have Jude, Gavin and Andrew in our Liberal Democrats family, reflecting our ever important values and community spirit. 


Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, 30 December 2023