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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Furness Lord delighted to be back for Labour dinner

BARROW’S former Member of Parliament returned to the area for the first time to give a speech about another iconic politician.

The Barrow and Furness Labour Party held its spring dinner at Furness College on Friday night.

Councillors, party supporters and local business figures were given the chance to view the new facilities at the college while sampling some fine food.

And they were treated to a speech by former MP Lord Hutton of Furness, who was returning to the area for the first time since the general election in May 2010.

The event marked almost 20 years to the week since he became Barrow’s MP – as John Hutton – and Lord Hutton told the Evening Mail he was delighted to be back.

He said: “These people here tonight were so good to me for many, many years. It is great to see them again and to spend time with my old friends who mean a great deal to me.”

Lord Hutton gave a speech on another former Barrow MP, Albert Booth, who served the area from March 1966 to June 1983. Mr Booth, who was at one time secretary of state for employment, was key in the building of the Dalton bypass, but controversially spoke out against the nuclear programme. He died in February 2010.

In his speech, Lord Hutton said that Mr Booth was a man of substance who stood up for his opinions, and that was what really counted in politics.

The night took on a Spanish theme, with the college’s catering students providing a tapas-style menu with musical entertainment provided by Harriet and Joe, Joe Slater and Audio Conspiracy.

A range of raffle prizes were on offer and Glaxo’s Ulverston site director Greig Rooney donated £100 to the Alice’s Escapes charity for a rare bottle of House of Lords whisky.

The evening was organised by current MP John Woodcock, who said the event showed the amount of talent in the area.

He said: “I thought it was a really special evening. It showcased the fantastic talent that we have in this area, from the brilliant musicians to the venue itself and students that put on such a great display.”

l For a full interview with Lord Hutton, see tomorrow’s Evening Mail.

Have your say

Albert Booth, now there was an MP.
This was in the days before email and he would still take the time to write to you by snail mail.
But still, where there is a camera there is an opportunity ;)

Posted by Scott on 1 May 2012 at 13:42

JW is a very busy man. Do you really think he has time to investigate Biomass when he has got some photo opportunities to get to?
Hang on, here is another coming....smile....click

Posted by scott on 26 April 2012 at 11:01

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