Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Tom Ellis

This is a belated tribute to the former MP for Wrexham, and early member of the SDP, who died a week ago. I was one of those privileged to hear his moving speech to the Welsh Liberal Democrat spring conference in Wrexham a few years ago. In it he related how he had entered politics, what caused him to be disillusioned with Labour after his early enthusiasm and how he had found his true home in the Liberal Democrats.

There is a full obituary by Meic Stephens in the Independent with a rather sour tailpiece by Tam Dalyell.

It is to be hoped that he was able to appreciate the surge of support for the Liberal Democrats, almost certainly leading to at least a strong influence on government policy, before he passed away.

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