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David Brandon Griffiths (8th November 1940 – 3rd September 2011) - an obituary by Sharon Bowles MEP

September 6, 2011 9:42 AM

David Griffiths, who served as Chair of the Liberal Democrat Federal Finance Committee, Treasurer of Liberal International and the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, died peacefully on 3rd September 2011. Before turning his business and accountancy skills to political administrative roles, David was an exceptional election agent securing control for the first time of Three Rivers District Council and also Aylesbury Vale.

Born in Conwy, David was a lifelong Liberal and proud of his Welsh heritage. As a young man he was the Liberal Parliamentary candidate in Paddington and was proud to have stood in the seat adjacent to that being fought by the redoubtable, and later Baroness, Nancy Seear. In the 1970s he moved to Watford and became the first Liberal to be elected to Watford Borough Council and also served as the General Election agent, sowing the seeds that years later blossomed into the election of a Liberal Democrat Mayor.

He then moved to the Three Rivers District Council area where he was the agent when the Council was won by Liberals for the first time. This was a flagship victory for the Party. He was agent again when it was held - which he always said was harder than winning the first time. He was also agent for two Parliamentary elections in South West Herts.

When the Liberal Democrats were formed he was a prime mover in the development of Regional Parties, becoming Chairman of the Chilterns Region. During that time he also became the agent for Aylesbury where he led many Council seat victories which ultimately brought control of Aylesbury Vale District Council. He was also agent for Aylesbury in two Parliamentary elections.

Always a European and Internationalist, David stood twice as a European Candidate and was active in Liberal International where he served as Treasurer as well as Chair of the British Group. He then went on to serve as Treasurer of the ELDR Party. His significant and professional business and accounting skills were not just deployed for international parties: he also served as a highly successful Chair of the Federal Finance Committee of the Liberal Democrats.

In all these voluntary roles David was an excellent and inspirational teacher, keen to train the next generation, whether that be of campaigners, agents, or bookkeepers. He was unstinting in his support of the Party, candidates and campaigns, setting many on the path to success. Often the life and soul of a gathering, we owe him more than most know and he will be missed.

Proud father and grandfather, David died peacefully on 3rd September 2011 surrounded by his family.