Saturday, May 29, 2010


How could I have missed yesterday's list of those appointed to working peerages? John Shipley, who has led the first Liberal Democrat controlled major council in the region for the last four years, becomes a peer. Newcastle Lib Dems now have the job of deciding on a new group leader who will also lead the council. I had the privilege of working with John on some regional Lib Dem strategies and I'm sure that the House of Lords will benefit from his presence.
I'm also pleased to see Phil Willis in there, although not labelled a working peer I'm sure he won't be sitting back and doing nothing - he cares too passionately about children, young people, fairness for all (in fact, Liberal Democracy) to do that.

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