Now I'm not looking for scurrilous gossip, or any ammunition to cause electoral harm to the chances of Mr Stephen Kearney, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the imminent by-election in Henley. I'm just interested in what he used to do here in Montgomeryshire. I remember meeting him a couple of times in the 1990s - but I can't remember what sort of consultancy he was doing at the time. I seem to remember he worked for an organisation named Regenerate - or similar. He seemed a decent enough man to me. I also remember that he lived over the border in Shropshire.
I knew his partner, Julia rather better. She was much involved in local charities, and I recall her working with the Cae Post recycling centre, and the Montgomeryshire Toy Library, whose caravan of books I sometimes used to tow around with my Landrover. It raised money for local playgroups, I think. The last by-election, in Crewe and Nantwich, was more interesting because I knew a bit about Tamsin Dunwoody, the Labour candidate. The Henley By-Election will be more interesting for us in Wales, if I can report what one of the candidates used to do here in Montgomeryshire. So let us know. I promise not to publish anything remotely salacious!
But he seems a bit of an odd choice for Henley. Portcullis has a piece on him in today's Sunday Telegraph. It seems that the Liberal Democrats have 'ousted' a local Oxfordshire Councillor, Susan Cooper, in order to parachute Stephen Kearney in from Plymouth. Portcullis reports that when he was campaigning for the Party in Devon last year, Stephen claimed "I am settled in Plymouth and I love it". So how far is it from Plymouth to Henley again - not that it matters. Its just that the Lib Dems usually make such a song and dance about being the local candidate.