Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Roy Connell

The Sefton Lib Dem Group held their regular pre Council get together at Maghull Town Hall. It was appropriate that we should meet on the home patch of Roy Connell as this was his last such meeting. Roy has decided to step down at the election this year after having served his community on both the Borough and Town Council. I know our Maghull colleagues have found a good replacement and I will do a post about him after May but for now let us concentrate on Roy.

Roy-and his dog Rosie- have appeared in this blog several times before. He joined us when he moved into the area having been active in the former SDP. He was one of the pro merger people who has stayed the course and made a really significant contribution to the Lib Dems party.
That last sentence speaks volumes about Roy. Coming out of the fractious battles between that preceded the birth of the new party it would have been understandable if Roy had decided upon moving to step aside from politics, but Roy is not that sort. He had got stuck in and I and everyone in our party is delighted that he did.

I do not doubt that Roy will continue to be involved. He has moved again, this time to Ainsdale, where he is determined to get stuck in once more. He has joined a growing group of activists there who are working hard to ensure that Ainsdale has Lib Dem representation again . Roy is very enthusiastic about the challenge and is convinced that in Haydn Preece we have found the person who can regain Ainsdale. Roy is not one to sit back and I am sure that having set himself the task he will be in the front line working hard and giving the campaign the benefit of his experience. So, I am not going to wish Roy and his family a happy retirement to be spent walking Rosie on the Ainsdale dunes we still have need of him.....

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