A new political party is back in Bedfordshire hoping to reclaim the support its predecessor once had.
The Liberal National Party, a breakaway from the Liberals from the 1930s, had an MP, Leslie Burgin, in nearby Luton and the local association supported South Bedfordshire’s MP Norman Cole in the 1950s.
The National Liberal Party of today has just appointed former Leighton man Glen Maney as its new national secretary.
The party says it wants to build upon that original support and is back with new ideas it hopes will attract local support. They have recently launched a national recruitment campaign.
Glen, who now lives in Scotland, is a professional comedian and owner of a film company.
Unlike many politicians he worked in a number of areas including professional football, the police and sales before he found his vocation.
Having lived in Leighton Buzzard for more than 20 years he hosted his first Comedy Night at the Axe & Compass public house in Heath & Reach.
He hopes that in politics he can help ‘make a difference’. He said: “Bedfordshire, including Leighton Buzzard, is as elsewhere suffering from the credit crunch with for example, high youth unemployment, unacceptable levels of crime, high hospital waiting lists and an erosion of standards of living as prices rise whilst wages stagnate.
“The National Liberals say that it doesn’t have to be this way. The country does have money but it is simply mis-spent!”
Find out more at www.nationalliberal.com or call Glen on 07545 821414.