Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg yesterday paid tribute to Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith, describing him as a “legend” as he celebrated 40 years in office at a function in Alnwick.
In a private event at the Northumberland Hall, Mr Clegg congratulated Sir Alan for the “outstanding” work he has done during his four decades as a Liberal and Liberal Democrat.
Sir Alan is standing down at the end of the this parliamentary term before the 2015 general election.
Mr Clegg said: “We are not really saying goodbye to any old MP we are saying farewell to an era, to a legend and to Beith-esque liberalism.”
He added that Sir Alan was in the “Pantheon of great Liberals and Liberal Democrats” and added: “When Alan Beith gets up in the House of Commons, everybody shuts up and listens because what he has to say is delivered with such wisdom and authenticity and wealth of experience.”
The Liberal Democrat leader, praised the work he has done in his constituency describing his “absolute devotion” to the area.
The event also saw the attendance of Michael Moore, the former Secretary of State for Scotland as well as Sir Alan’s wife Baroness Diana Maddox and other members of the House of Lords.
At the event, Julie Pörksen was also introduced as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Berwick constituency at the 2015 general election.