I would like to send my warm greetings to everyone taking part in the prestigious Asian Professional Awards this year.
Awards such as these offer an opportunity to reflect upon the achievements of an Asian business community that is full of vibrancy and enterprise.
And it is through this optimism, entrepreneurship, hard work and ingenuity of men and women alike that is contributing so significantly to the United Kingdom’s prosperity. For that in these difficult times, the nation owes you a debt.
I am therefore thrilled to be able to send a message of thanks and appreciation to all those taking part in the Asian Professional Awards which aim to recognise something that is at the heart of the Liberal Democrats: an innate optimism about people.
I hope you have a wonderful evening.

—The Rt Hon. the Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE CH