David Hughes passes away

David Hughes, chair of Western Counties Liberal Democrats and English Party treasurer, died suddenly yesterday at the party’s English Council meeting in London.

David HughesHe had just made a powerful contribution about lessons from the general election, and although paramedics arrived within minutes of his collapse, they sadly were not able to save him.

I’d left the meeting earlier in the day and can only imagine how shocking it must have been for those in the room.

A party activist for many decades, David had many friends across the party and helped the party in many ways. I worked with him for three years on the party’s Federal Finance and Resources Committee, during which time he deserves huge credit for being the first to spot problems with the financial figures coming to us. Those sorts of skills don’t grab the headlines but they do make a huge difference to the party.

Many condolences to David’s family and sympathy to those who were with him at the meeting.

2 responses to “David Hughes passes away”

  1. Such a sad loss. I’ve known David for 40 years . We met fighting trots at NUS conference and became part of a band of brothers in ULs and then as Parliamentary candidates. We shared birthdays and Best man at our respective weddings. He was god father to my daughter.
    I always looked forward to seeing him as it would always involve laughter and shrewd political comment in equal proportions. He was kind, generous and a liberal through and through.
    I hope the party can find a way to create something lasting to remember such a key individual and his life long commitment to the party we love.

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