It is with great sadness that Southampton Liberal Democrats has learned of the death of Baroness Diana Maddock last night.
Diana was a Liberal then Liberal Democrat councillor for Portswood from 1984 to 1993, when she won the Christchurch by-election to become an MP. In 1997, she was elevated to the House of Lords as Baroness Maddock of Christchurch and she served as Party President from 1998 to 2000.
'A tireless campaigner, Diana was an outstanding councillor, dedicated to improving our neighbourhoods and enhancing the lives of her constituents. She won her 1988 re-election under the banner "It's Diana Again' as we didn't know from day to day what the name of the newly-merged Liberal/SDP party would be! Much of the later success of the Lib Dems in Southampton was down to her inspiration. Her name still resonates with residents of Portswood where her political career was launched. Her later career is the stuff of Lib Dem history. She will be sorely missed.' (Adrian Vinson, City Alderman and former Portswood councillor)
'Having signed Diana up to the Liberal Party in the late 1970's, I saw Diana progress from an effective ward councillor, achieving an outstanding victory in the Christchurch by-election with over 62% of the vote, to becoming Party President. From canvassing Portswood in all weathers, including snow and ice, Diana went on to a seat in House of Lords. She loved politics, was loyal to the Party, enjoyed campaigning and worked hard to help her constituents.' (Margaret Singerman, City Alderman and former City Mayor and Portswood councillor)
Southampton Liberal Democrats Chair and Bassett campaigner, Richard Blackman, said, 'The tributes that I have been reading today are testament to the very high regard that Diana Maddock was held in by so many, the positive impact she had on people and places, and of course her outstanding dedication to public service.'
The members of Southampton Liberal Democrats extend their heartfelt condolences to Diana's family and friends. She will be greatly missed by the Party.