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Remembering Andrew Reeves five years on

Andrew ReevesThe first week of June has become full of sad memories in recent years.

Yesterday we remembered our wise and funny former leader Charles Kennedy who died a year ago. Five years ago today, I woke to a phone call telling me that our much loved Director of Campaigns in Scotland, Andrew Reeves, had died.

I had known Andrew for years, first meeting him on Cix which was the first Lib Dem online community. I was so thrilled when he moved to Scotland in 2008. He arrived in Edinburgh on a Friday lunchtime. By Saturday morning, even though he didn’t start until the next week, he was leafletting with us in Cowdenbeath.

He was one of these people who could get you to do more than you ever thought you could do, to climb higher than you ever thought – and he’d make that climb such fun.

On the day he died, I remember little except being furious with the sun for shining so strongly. I wrote this which summed up my memories of him:

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Three quick things about today

It’s too soon to go back to business as usual.

Obviously, coverage about Charles Kennedy will continue to dominate today. We have been sent some pieces by people close to him and we will be publishing them as well as covering tributes from Vince and Danny. There will also be a session of tributes in the House of Commons this afternoon which we will want to report on, too. Please continue to share your comments and memories and, if you haven’t already, sign the party’s Book of Condolence. 

I owe a massive debt of thanks to Paul Walter who kept things going on here yesterday while I was out and about. I’m sure you’ll agree that he did a great job, sharing some fantastic photographs, videos and bringing in a bit of Bowie too.

Many people have shared Steve Bell’s beautiful cartoon tribute:

We should also remember that today is the fourth anniversary of the passing of our great colleague and friend Andrew Reeves. On that awful day in 2011, Mark Pack shared his memories.

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Sad news about Roger Reeves

Andrew and RogerIt’s just over two years since our much loved Scottish (and formerly London) Director of Campaigns Andrew Reeves died very suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 43.

Very sadly, his husband Roger died last month, also at the age of 43, and his funeral was held today in Edinburgh.

I only realised today that some people didn’t know although several of us had tried to tell as many people as possible, so I thought I should put the news on here. Sorry if we hadn’t been in …

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Lib Dem Blog of the Year Awards 2012 – nominations now open

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The Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year Awards, run by Lib Dem Voice, are back for their seventh year. As usual, they’ll be awarded in a budget lavish ceremony at the party’s autumn conference in Brighton.

Click on the following links to see last year’s Shortlist and the Winners.

This year’s awards are as follows:

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Vince Cable: Free Radical – what the memoirs say about the man

A little belatedly, I’ve got round to reading Vince Cable’s memoirs (or rather, listening to the audio book version – what better accompaniment to a delivery round?).

Vince Cable’s memoirs do much to explain both the praise and the criticism he has received. At one point he writes how “I am often asked why I am not party leader…”. Conceit or modesty? You can read that comment either way and it is easy to see why he produces such different views.

Views differ too over quite where …

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Open Thread: Tributes to Liberal Democrats who have passed away this year

This is the time of year when we look back at what the last 12 months have brought us, good and bad.

I thought it would be appropriate to take some time to pay tribute to Liberal Democrats we’ve lost this year. We’ll all know someone who has really made the difference to our lives as party members who is no longer with us. Please feel free to use the comments to tell us a bit about them and what they mean to you.

For me, the worst moment of the year so far was not the heartbreaking election results. It was …

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Total Politics: top blogs and bloggers

Following its list of top Liberal Democrat blogs and bloggers, Total Politics has now also published its overall list of top blogs and bloggers – two lists in which many Liberal Democrats feature.

In the top 50 of the blogs list, Lib Dem Voice is in at number 12 (up from 27 last year), Caron Lindsay at 25, Jonathan Calder at 38 and Andrew Reeves at 44.

In the top 50 of the bloggers list, I’m in at number 20, Caron Lindsay at 29, Andrew Reeves at 43 and Jonathan Calder at 49.

Thank you to everyone for your votes …

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