I don’t often post anything personal – but last night I went to the 40th birthday party of Cllr Susie Oatway (Lib Dem, Alexandra ward). And I just wanted to pay a little public tribute to the work that Susie has put into Haringey over the last decade and still does.
I was handing out leaflets at Bounds Green Station during the ’97 election when I first ran for Parliament. A young women took a leaflet and went on into the station – reappearing a moment or two later to say that she had been active in the Lib Dems at college and was thinking about contacting her local Lib Dems. So I took her number – and the rest, as they say, is history.
I am not sure whether people (outside politics) generally realise the amount of sheer hard work that goes on in terms of year in year out campaigning, socials, fund-raising etc – and so I just wanted to sing Susie’s praises for working so tirelessly year in year out – and playing a large part in the fact that I am the MP today and that we have gone from 0 Lib Dem councillors in Haringey in 1997 to 27 today. It is the team – not the individual. A very happy birthday Susie!