Former Liberal Democrat party leader Sir Menzies Campbell visited the Burnham-On-Sea area this week when he spoke out about his concerns on international issues and praised the area’s former MP.
Sir Menzies, 76, was a Lib Dem MP for North East Fife from 1987 until he stood down in 2015. He was also the party’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs from 1992 until 2006.
He addressed over 60 local people at a lunch in the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, which was led by the area’s former MP Tessa Munt.
Sir Menzies spoke on a number of international issues, including the deadly chemical attack in Syria which he described as “completely shocking”, the “hugely worrying” chemical attack in Salisbury, and Mid-East instability.
He described Donald Trump as an “erratic, weak President” who has created a “fragile international atmosphere.”
And he went on to attack Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as someone who poorly represents the UK abroad.
Asked about the prospects for the Liberal Democrats at the next election, he said: “We are going to do better than we did at the last election. I am very firmly of the view that the Lib Dems do best through focussing on local government and local issues.”
“There is a lot of spirit around here locally and when it comes to Tessa she has a lot of energy. She is smart and quick-on-the-draw – I would love to see her back in Parliament. If the work gets done, it’s winnable.”
Pictured: Sir Menzies Campbell visiting the village of Mark, near Burnham-On-Sea, this week. Former MP Tessa Munt is pictured presenting him with a large piece of Somerset cheese to thank him for the visit.