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article imageUK: Steve Radford becomes new Liberal Party President

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 20, 2010 in Politics
Steve Radford, a long-standing elected member of Liverpool Council, in the North of England, has been elected president of the UK Liberal Party.
Previously, Radford, 43, was leader of the party from 2005 to 2009.
He is known nationally as an avid supporter of No2ID, a frequent speaker at Stop the War rallies and an outspoken critic of the European Union.
Recently, Radford joined the student protests in Liverpool, which were organised as part of the campaign against the Con-Dem government's rise in UK university tuition fees and the abolition of educational maintenance grants.
Radford – who has served as a councillor for 30 years for the Tuebrook and Stoneycroft Ward – was the city's first openly gay councillor and instrumental in setting up Liverpool's LGBT civic register prior to national legislation.
On taking office as Liberal Party President – and in response to the Con-Dem government's proposed cuts to local-government spending and Nick Clegg's U-turn on abolishing university tuition fees – Radford immediately appealed to members of the Liberal Democrats nationally to resign from their party and "come home to the Liberal Party".
The Liberal Party claims to be the oldest political party in the UK, breaking away from the Liberal Democrats when that party was formed in 1988/89 with the merging of the old Liberal Party with the Social Democratic Party.
Radford is also a long-standing Liverpool city councillor, representing Tuebrook and Stoneycroft Ward. He is leader of the three-strong Liberal group on Liverpool City Council.
Radford has fought four separate general elections as the Liberal Party candidate for the constituency of Liverpool West Derby.
In 1997 and 2001, he was in second place – behind the Labour-candidate winner, but ahead of the Liberal Democrat and Conservative candidates. In the 2005 and 2010 general elections, he came third behind Labour and the Liberal Democrats, but ahead of the Conservatives who were in fourth place.
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