Having worked in Wales for a few years for the Liberal Democrats, as the party’s national campaign manager, I seem to have a number of stories that might be of interest.
But, the first one is concerning a time before I worked there. Those old enough to remember will know of the old jokes of the Liberal Party, or for that matter the SDP, about them being able to hold Parliamentary Party meetings in the back of a taxi or for that matter a phone box.
Having elected Colin Breed in the 1997 election I went up to London for a for a few weeks to set up his office there, and whilst wandering the corridors of Westminster we jumped into a lift with three MPs – Cynog Dafis, Dafydd Wigley and Elfyn Llwyd.
From a conversation in Welsh there suddenly became silence. After a few moments of uneasy silence, mainly I suspect because they had no idea who we were, or from which party, we jumped out of the lift before them.
Colin said, ‘that’s my first parliamentary meeting, pity it was with the wrong one!’