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Tribute to George Watson

November 13, 2014 2:27 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP for Cambridge Julian Huppert has today paid tribute to the late George Watson.

George was a life-long liberal and stood for Parliament in 1959 and from 1978 to 1992 was the senior treasurer of Cambridge University Liberal Club.

He died in August 2013 and in his will remembered the Liberal Democrats.

Paying tribute to George, Julian said:

"George Grimes Watson was a great thinker, an English don and a life-long liberal.

"He stood for Parliament in 1959 in Cheltenham, unsuccessfully, and then became a Fellow at St John's College Cambridge, where he became a noted scholar in literature, literary criticism and liberal political thought, including being a key member of the unservile state group, rethinking liberalism and welfare.

"His 1959 campaign literature shows how little has changed, with one section saying 'Liberals made them get rid of identity-cards - but the State Still has far too much power in our lives', 'The Home Secretary thinks the police ought to tap private phone-calls' and 'We need the European Common Market - Tory policy closes the door of Europe in our faces.'

"He was a deep thinker and a great liberal, and is much missed."