Most Liberal Democrat members will only know Peter Boizot as the founder of Pizza Express, but to longer-standing activists, he was also a key supporter of the party.
Born and twice a Liberal Party Parliamentary candidate in Peterborough, his continuing connections with the town, including ownership of a hotel there, meant it was home to training weekends for Parliamentary target seat candidates and campaign organisers for many years. Peterborough weekends happened in part due to his support and were a key part of the party’s growth in Parliament. Restaurant venues he owned in London were also often the site for election parties, committee meetings and fundraisers.
He not only made a striking impact on our high streets, our eating habits and charitable causes; he also made a major contribution to liberalism.
Thank you Peter.