Monday 5 March 2012

Viv - one sentence to sum up the party - Freedom

Today we heard that sad news that Viv Bingham National President of the Liberal Party from 1981-2 has passed away.

Viv stood for Westminster election on five occasions the two 1974 elections for Heywood and Royton, 1979 for Hazel Grove, 1983 for West Derbyshire and finally in 2005 for Stalybridge as well as standing in the first contested European elections in 1979.

Thanks to several people I was reminded that Viv was also captured by the Winkball cameras at what we now know was his last 'Liberal Assembly' at Conference in Birmingham last Autumn.

The classic meaning of what it means to be liberal is summed up by Viv when instead of using a full sentence he takes just one word instead. I don't think there can be any more fitting way to sum up the man's activism, love for his political family and what being in politics meant to him that these his own words.

Viv Bingham 1932-2012

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