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Thursday, October 14, 2004

R.I.P. Conrad Russell

Liberal Democrat peer Conrad Russell has died at the age of 67. He will be greatly missed. A man of superb intellect he was viewed with awe and affection by anybody who met him. I have lost count of the number of times I watched him hypnotise a Liberal Democrat Conference with his wisdom, his erudition and his radicalism.

I served with him for six months on the Party's Public Services Policy Working Group and saw him at work first hand. Part of his magic was that no matter how much he outclassed us in the intelligence stakes, he was always willing to acknowledge a valid point of view and take it on board. He was never stuffy and never arrogant. He was a humane caring man and the world will be poorer for having lost him.

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