Baroness Shirley Williams has passed away at the age of 90. She was in politics when politicians were actually polite to each other and respected the voting public….and where it was always a jolly good light hearted fight when the elections started.
She had lost her Hitchin seat to the Conservatives. After Callahan was replaced by Michael Foot in 1980, she and the other three quit in fury at the party’s disastrous lurch leftward under the new leader.
She returned to the Commons as the first SDP MP when she won the 1981 Crosby by-election, but lost the seat two years later. When the SDP merged with the Liberal party to form the Liberal Democrats she was made a peer and was the Lib Dem leader in the House of Lords between 2001 and 2004.
She was always courteous and willing to listen to your point of view even if she disagreed with it and I fear that we are losing that generation of politicians whose charm and wit were always a delight to watch.
Rest in Peace Baroness……,