In Memoriam: Hartley Brown
Last year I had the pleasure of attending the 90th birthday celebrations for Hartley Brown, a former Chairman and later President of Copeland Conservatives.
Sadly he died shortly before Christmas.
I cannot better the words about Hartley which Philip Davies, who was Conservative parliamentary candidate for Copeland during his chairmanship, wrote in this week's Whitehaven News, so I will repeat them here.
"SIR – I was saddened to learn of the death of Hartley Brown. I had the privilege of having Hartley as my constituency chairman when standing as the Conservative candidate in the 1992 general election and the good fortune to enjoy Hartley’s friendship for over 17 years.
At all times I found Hartley to be a true gentleman, absolutely and transparently honest, totally caring and a passionate standard bearer for Copeland. He was loyal and generous to his friends, magnanimous in both political victory or defeat.
He was an excellent constituency chairman pushing through many reforms and building an efficient local party organisation.
Under his chairmanship the Conservatives gave all Copeland residents the opportunity of choice, as for the first time they fielded candidates for every council seat. A real plus for local democracy.
Copeland as well as Copeland Conservatives have much to thank him for. He will be sadly missed.