Congratulations to Dave Hodgson, announced today as the Lib Dem victor in the mayoral by-election in Bedford. The fact I have known Dave as far back as the mid 1980s does not appear to have damaged his political career!
I still have memories of going to Dave's parents' house in 1984 in Bedford for a party back in our Young Social Democrat days, which really does mean it was a long time ago! As for those house parties we went to in Liverpool and Washington........
More recently Dave and I were colleagues, both working for the party. We have both now left: Dave to run Bedford, me to run my allotment!
Well done Mayor Hodgson, I know you'll do a great job.