Sir Alan Beith has announced that he will be standing down from Parliament at the next election, after serving Berwick upon Tweed as their MP for 42 years.
Nick Clegg said:
Sir Alan has been a huge figure in British and both Liberal and Liberal Democrat politics over an astonishing four decades.
The present generation of political leaders in Britain were barely out of nursery when Alan Beith was first making his mark on the floor of the House of Commons.
So it is little wonder that when Sir Alan speaks today, he commands the attention of all parties in Westminster.
Sir Alan has held and excelled at pretty much every key role in the Liberals and Liberal Democrats – from Chief Whip to Deputy Leader and from Home Affairs spokesman to now Chair of both the Justice Select Committee and the Liaison Committee.
Speaking personally, I have learned to trust and rely on Alan’s enormous wisdom and to greatly admire his passionate commitment to his Berwick upon Tweed constituency and to the North East, which shines through in everything he does.
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