Liberal Democrat Voice Roll of Honour 2013 – Part 3

We wanted to honour those Liberal Democrats that our readers felt were true stars of 2013. We sought out  nominations and now have a rather impressive list that we’ve been  publishing in instalments during this week. Here is the third part. Their names come with the comments made about the contribution they have made. Some are parliamentarians, some are councillors, most are grassroots activists. Let’s celebrate them and the many others who are fighting for Liberal Democrat values and victory. These are our Liberal Democrat stars of 2013.

You can read part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

Stan Hardy

The debate about our Lib Dem hero of 2013 has thrown up a number of names.  The campaign to pardon Alan Turing, led by William Jones, John Leech and John Sharkey would, in normal circumstances get my vote – but this was the year that saw the passing of Stan Hardy.

 

Stan, was an exceptional man – someone who truly encompassed everything a Liberal should.  ‘A worker… a winner’ is a bit of a Lib Dem cliche, but Stan was exactly that.  His support for the likes of Simon Hughes MP and Baroness Susan Kramer was immense.

 

Stan, was an unsung hero, this changed when he was awarded the ‘South London Press – Man of the Year’ in 2008 for his tireless campaigning.  He was so proud – he sent me the clippings.  His life was even covered in The Guardian by Jonathan Hunt.

 

When I decided to quit politics  – Stan was on the case, alongside great Liberals like Jean Crossland.  They dragged me back into the fray.  Stan taught me that politics was a great engine for change.

 

The highlight of my wedding was that Stan came to it.  He stayed at my late grandparents the night before.  My Grandad – David, told me later that it was a privilege to meet this great man.

 

Cllr Frank Hindle

Frank is leader of the Liberal Democrats on Gateshead council. He has for years led a small group of councillors in opposition to an entrenched Labour administration. His leadership is an inspiration to all in the local and regional party, and he inspires us all to continue the fight to take Gateshead from Labour. Hard-working local people are so often overlooked in favour of MP’s, peers and nationally known party activists. Few will know of his great help in setting Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary up with a website (as well as being our returning officer in our start as a new organisation).

Paul Hindley

A true Champion of ensuring we have a laser-like focus on looking after the poorest and most vulnerable in our Society.

Lester Holloway

For his part in the campaign to reinstate Mary Seacole to the National Curriculum and for his work for Ethnic Minorities Liberal Democrats.

Cllr Keith House

For the Eastleigh result without which we would be nowhere.and the experience he brings to Hampshire and the LGA

Julian Huppert

For his hugely energetic fighting for numerous liberal causes.

Liberal Youth Freshers’ campaign

From design and packing, to final events – As in previous years, Liberal Youth’s fresher fair campaign led to the recruitment of loads of new members.

Linda Jack

A controversial figure to some, no doubt, but also someone who genuinely cares and who shares with me the flame of injustice and the belief that we can make a better world.

Linda has been so encouraging to me and, has once again been a brave and passionate advocate for what we both believe in this year.

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