Baroness Shirley Williams wows the troops

Posted on: 20th May 2011

Originally posted on 29.03.2010

Baroness Shirley Williams – former Government Minister and leading politician in the 70s and 80s – impressed a large group of Liberal Democrat supporters at a meeting at the weekend in Penzance.

Shirley Williams, now in her 80th year, was the guest of local MP, Andrew George, at Trereife House near Penzance on Saturday morning (27th March 2010). During the Labour Government of 1974-79, Shirley Williams held a number of Government positions including Trade Minister, Education Secretary and Paymaster General. She was the leading light in the SDP in the early 80s (one of the ‘Gang of Four’) and has played an active role in politics throughout the 80s, 90s and since the turn of the century. Since 2007, she has become an adviser to the Prime Minister on nuclear proliferation, though retaining her political independence of Government.

Shirley Williams described, with optimism, the opportunities for the Liberal Democrats in the forthcoming General Election and was confident that the Party would be making a major advance and having a very significant say in the future direction of the country. Shirley Williams joined Andrew George on a platform with questions and answers prior to taking lunch at the Poet’s Café at Trereife.