Nick Clegg pays tribute to long-serving Northumberland MP

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with a photograph of Sir Alan Beith from 1973.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg with a photograph of Sir Alan Beith from 1973.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visited Alnwick today to pay tribute to Sir Alan Beith, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency as he celebrated 40 years in office.

In a private event at the Northumberland Hall, Mr Clegg described Sir Alan as a ‘legend’ and congratulated him for the ‘outstanding’ work he has done during his four decades as a Liberal and Liberal Democrat.

Mr Clegg said: “We are not really saying goodbye to any old MP we are saying farewell to an era, to a legend and to Beith-esque liberalism.”

He added that Sir Alan was in the ‘Pantheon of great Liberals and Liberal Democrats’ and added: “When Alan Beith gets up in the House of Commons, everybody shuts up and listens because what he has to say is delivered with such wisdom and authenticity and wealth of experience.”

And he praised the work he has done in his constituency describing his ‘absolute devotion’ to the area.

The event also saw the attendance of Michael Moore, the former Secretary of State for Scotland as well as Sir Alan’s wife Baroness Diana Maddox and other members of the House of Lords.

At the event it was also announced that Julie Porksen will be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2015 General Election.

For the full story and pictures see Thursday’s Gazette.