Statement on the death of Councillor Walter Smith

09 Nov 2017

Walter’s death robs the Wirral and the wider Merseyside region of a towering ethical socialist who devoted the whole of his life to establishing the common good. To his family I send my sincere condolences.

Walter was the Chairman of the Birkenhead Labour Party that selected me in January 1979 to be MP for Birkenhead. My mind is full of all the wonderful things Walter achieved in his life- but how could it be otherwise given the life he lived? You could not have wished to meet a nicer, more decent person.