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Paddy Ashdown visits Canterbury

April 7, 2017 4:23 PM
Paddy Ashdown Canterbury 4 EuropePaddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, visited Canterbury last Wednesday.
Paddy was guest of honour at the local party's annual dinner, which this year marked Martin Vye's retirement from Kent County Council.
At the event, Martin was presented with a long service award for his 28 years as a county councillor.
Before the dinner, Paddy also joined members of Canterbury 4 Europe who were demonstrating near the Westgate Towers against the triggering of Article 50.
"I was delighted to join celebrations for Martin's long service to Canterbury," said Paddy Ashdown. "I've known Martin for many years and he has served with great distinction as a councillor since 1989. He is a man of integrity, and I know he has respect right across the local community and across all parties. I wish him all the best in his retirement."
"Martin is liked and respected by people of all parties and none," said local party Chairman Nigel Whitburn. "We are fortunate that as our local party President, he will continue to offer his expertise and wisdom to us in the years to come."
Martin has represented the Canterbury City South West Division since 2005, and before that the Canterbury South division since 1989. He is the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson on Kent County Council.
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