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Alastair MacphersonMany members will be sorry to learn of the passing of Alastair Macpherson. Here is an appreciation by one of his oldest friends in the local party. If you wish to add any thoughts of your own, please email them using this link. We will add them to this page if you tell us you are happy for them to appear.

Alastair was a stalwart of our local Party from its conception . He served continuously as our Treasurer and later as our Election Agent. As our local Party expanded in area his duties greatly increased. He was hard working, reliable and always good natured.
Roger and I first met him and Christine when we were all active members of the Liberal Party.
Alastair was a very regular attendee at Party Conferences both national and regional.
As a most loyal Party member he could always be relied upon to canvass locally and at by-elections.
He will be sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues but always remembered for his cheerful and positive attitude to the many ups and downs of political life.
Pam Walshe

Alastair was a member of our party for decades. He was also active in national organisations within the party, but we remember him as an indefatigable officer of the party. He served for many years as our treasurer and election agent. When the Sevenoaks party took on the neighbouring, struggling parties of Dartford and Gravesham, he added supervision of their elections to those in Sevenoaks. Fiercely independent, he would go by train to Dartford and Gravesend as well as into Sevenoaks to collect election nominations and deal with the administration in the different electoral services departments of the local councils.

Those raw facts do not really reveal the wisdom, calmness and generosity with his time that were such significant characteristics of the man. I only came to know him in recent years, but I quickly learnt the love and respect all long-standing and newer members of the party had for him. We all remember a lively, intelligent man with a gentle sense of humour.

John Death

RCW-N2We are also very sorry to report the passing of Richard Wassell. He had also been a long-standing member, and both candidate in local elections and membership secretary and unofficial minute-taker for executive meetings. He performed a similar role for the South-East Region of the party. Indeed, he was active in a wide range of other local and national organisations, including the European Movement, and had been both treasurer and secretary of its West Kent branch. He had been a keen European all his life and gained a BA in French and German at King's College, London, in the late 1960s. Other organisations with a wider reach, in which he was active, include -

  • Centre Europeene d'Aide a la Vie Associative, Lille ;
  • Center for Europe ;
  • Confederation Europeene des Anciennes Combattants, London ;
  • European Movement (nationally) ;
  • Federation International Maisons de l'Europe, Saarbrucken ;
    Monte Cassino Federation for Remembrance and Reconciliation, London ;
    Sonnenberg Association ;
  • Veterans in Europe, London ; (Treasurer)