Former MP in Southwark, previous Party President and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, indefatigable conference fringe meeting attender and brilliant campaigner for liberalism, Simon Hughes has announced that he won’t be standing again for Parliament.
Here’s an extract from what he told the local party:
Gail Kent, chair of Southwark Liberal Democrats, said:
Like many, many others, I have learnt so much from you. You have been a mentor and friend for almost 20 years.
Your selfless (and often sleepless) dedication to British public service – and Southwark in particular – is obvious to any who know you. And there are a huge number! Campaigning with you is always a joy. There’s hardly a Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, a local business, a school, church, mosque or community group you haven’t helped. They all recognise you! And they recognise that our community is all the better for having you at the heart of it for 38 years.
I, too, am delighted that with our victory in 14 council seats the tide is turning against Southwark as a one party Labour state. I am also delighted that you will continue to play an (albeit lesser) role in fighting for a more Liberal London.
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