Foreign Secretary David Miliband's 'secret' visit to Liverpool
Foreign Secretary David Miliband paid a
'secret' private visit to Liverpool yesterday to meet Labour party members.
Liverpool Councillor Louise Baldock spills the beans on her blog, about the meeting at the Devonshire House Hotel in Edge Lane.
Apparently he was "impressive, open, honest, frank, aware, alert, totally on top of his brief, funny, dynamic, questioning, thoughtful and very engaging," according to Cllr Baldock.
He apparently also paid a warm tribute to Wavertree MP Jane Kennedy who will be standing down at the next General Election.
Cllr Baldock wrote:
he genuinely believes Jane was personally responsible for helping to "save the Labour Party". He talked about the period in the 1980s when he said the Labour Party was at a crossroads, deciding whether to take itself into an idealogical oblivion (that is not the phrase he used, but I cannot bring it to mind just now, I think it may have been about moving "into the cold"), or whether to move forward as a truly Progressive party. (I think that deserved a capital letter).
He said this battle was fought most strongly in the "crucible" of Liverpool and that Jane was at the forefront of that fight - against Militant. Jane and I were sitting with David at the top table, and I could see and sense that she was genuinely touched by this significant praise. A thoughtful and well deserved epitaph for a fantastic Parliamentary career and all-round contribution of an active Labour Party member.