A veteran Lib Dem leader is ‘taking a break’ after 40 years. Peter Phillips, outgoing Chair of the B Castle & Clun branch,established the branch in 1973 – the year he first stood for election as County Councillor. Subsequently—getting elected, usually, with a 2-to 1 majority—he went on to became a senior Councillor in the Shirehall, the first LD to be Vice-Chair (as he was in the S Shropshire District Council) and Leader of the Shropshire LibDems for ten years.
‘It really is time at least to take a break,’he smiled,’one is certainly not so energetic ay 66 as at 26!! And the branch is in very good heart. We now have 94 members,plus a host of supporters. Above all,we have won the respect and loyalty of our residents. This has been built on the hard work of our councillors and of our helpers.’
[since retiring as councillor, Mr Phillips has concentrated on building up LD membership in the Branch area…the Branch is now much the largest in the County;and Mr Phillips was presented with an award by Nick Clegg for being the Number One recruiter in the UK.]
……..AND CHARLOTTE TAKES THE CHAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
at their AGM, BC & Clun LD’s elected Cllr Charlotte Barnes their new Chair, with Cllr Heather Kidd as Minutes Secretary.
‘The strength of our support in the area is reflected in the calibre of my successors’,said Mr Phillips. Charlotte has his the ground running as Councillor for BC ; she has worked her socks off and won both affection and respect in her first 2 years. She has proved a fantastic councillor…and I am delighted-and somewhat awestruck-that she has the energy also to take on the Chair!’
1 Charlotte Barnes was adopted as LD candidate to succeed Peter Phillips in 2011. She held her seat this year with a 62% vote.
2 Peter Phillips was presented with an award by Nick Clegg for recruiting more new subscribers last year then any other member.