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Tributes pour in for former county Lib Dem leader

June 10, 2009 10:57 AM

Tributes have been pouring in for former Cambridgeshire County Council Liberal Democrat leader, Peter Lee, who died on Friday at the age of 68.

Peter was a key player in the party locally, regionally and nationally, leading the county group from 1993 to 1996 as part of a combined administration.

After his retirement from Cambridgeshire County Council in 1997, Peter joined the national party's Appeals Panel, was Chair of the Regional Campaign Committee. Locally he served as Chair of Governors at Bottisham Village College.

He was an active party worker and a brilliant mentor to new activists, encouraging many of them to stand for elected office.

In his younger days, Peter had been a member of the National Youth Theatre working alongside Helen Mirren and many other famous actors.

Cambridge MP David Howarth said: "Peter was a charming man of great intellect; an extremely capable speaker with a sharp brain for politics. He was highly respected and contributed so much to the party at every level. It was a privilege working with him.

"Peter will be sadly missed and my thoughts and sympathy are with his family at this difficult time."

East of England Euro MP Andrew Duff said: "Peter's combination of charm and toughness made him a formidable player at local, regional and national level. He had a large capacity to persevere when things got tough.

"He was too English to be a Europhile of the first order, but he was endlessly encouraging to my own political career. His vote for me on 4 June, just before he died, was the best one I got."

Councillor Rod Cantrill, Chair of the Cambridge Liberal Democrat party said: "Peter's sudden death is a great loss to all Liberal Democrats.. He held numerous important positions in the party, yet he was always ready to help on routine jobs. Just last week, he was to be found in the Lib Dem office folding leaflets to help with the election campaign.

"Peter's greatest attribute was his wise judgment on people, policy and life, something that cannot be replaced."