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In Memory of Shirley Williams

April 12, 2021 5:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Shirley Willaims-RIPShirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, died peacefully in the early hours of Monday April 12th. Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

This is heartbreaking for me and for our whole Liberal Democrat family.

Shirley has been an inspiration to millions, a Liberal lion and a true trailblazer. I feel privileged to have known her, listened to her and worked with her. Like so many others, I will miss her terribly.

Political life will be poorer without her intellect, her wisdom and her generosity. Shirley had a limitless empathy only too rare in politics today; she connected with people, cared about their lives and saw politics as a crucial tool to change lives for the better.

As a young Liberal, Shirley Williams had a profound impact on me, as she did on countless others across the political spectrum. Her vision and bravery, not least in founding the SDP, continues to inspire Liberal Democrats today.

Rest in peace, Shirley. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your friends.


Leader of the Liberal Democrat party in the House of Lords Dick Newby said:

Shirley Williams was a charismatic, committed and fearless politician who believed passionately in a fairer society and in Britain's European destiny. She was an inspiration and mentor to many younger politicians and maintained her campaigning zeal to the end. She was central to the formation of the SDP and the Liberal Democrats, and will be greatly missed by many in her extended political family.

The death of Shirley Williams is heartbreaking news for the whole Liberal Democrats party.

Since the sad news was announced, Liberal Democrat members and figures from public life have been remembering Shirley and paying tribute to her.

We've collected a few of those memories here.

You can also share your memories of Shirley and add your name to the book of condolence here.

Our party leaders in Scotland and Wales have also paid tribute to Shirley

Our Parliamentarians said how much Shirley inspired them

And some of those who had worked with her over the years also shared their memories

Many of our members added their own tributes


Shirley has been an inspiration to millions. She had a limitless empathy only too rare in politics today; she connected with people, cared about their lives and saw politics as a crucial tool to change lives for the better.

If you haven't added your name to the Book of Condolence yet, please do take a few moments to do so: www.libdems.org.uk/book-of-condolence-shirley-williams