Richard Moore, resident of Battle, has died. Battle is an apposite word to be associated with Richard, who in his nearly ninety years, has fought the most vigorous and passionate fight for true Liberalism, for the vision of a united Europe and for internationalism to the very end of his life. Only recently he was on the streets of Battle arguing with passers-by for our country’s continued full-hearted role in Europe and the European Union. He spoke wherever he could with enthusiasm and authority, borne of his years of experience with the Liberal Party, both here and during his time between 1979 to 1996 as an adviser in Brussels to the Liberal Party delegation to the European Parliament. Adviser may have been his official title but his contribution was so much more than that, as a mentor and nurturer of talent, and an advocate for the vision of Europe’s founding fathers like Churchill and Monnet.
His life has been steeped in Liberalism, having joined the party in 1951 and was amongst other things, in 1953, Chairman of the Cambridge University Liberal Association, following such names as William Gladstone, Herbert Asquith and John Maynard Keynes and himself followed more recently by people such as Lord William Wallace and Vince Cable. He fought Westminster and European Parliamentary elections but sadly never won a seat at either institution. Perhaps his most memorable fight was against a then newcomer, Dr Ian Paisley at North Antrim in 1970.
The Liberal Democrat party publically recognised Richard’s achievement for the Party, somewhat belatedly in my view, at the September Conference in 2017 by awarding him the Harriet Smith award for long and outstanding commitment and service to the Party. How richly deserved was that award. Richard was passionate, articulate and skilled in debate. His immense political and historical knowledge served him well, whether in the conference hall or on the street with a local resident. His wise counsels on all matters, (including on horse racing), will be sorely missed, especially by the local party, for whom he was a great servant and adviser, acting as its President for many years.
Personally I shall miss our lengthy discussions on the state of politics here and abroad. Calm and authoritative in everything he did and said, I hope we will be able to carry forward his passion for a better and safer, more liberal world, and his vision to unite what is best in all of us.
Stephen Hardy MBE, Vice-Chair Bexhill and Battle Liberal Democrats.
Mrs Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP said:
“Richard was a shining light of internationalism and tolerance. We will miss him dearly and thank him for his contribution to the Liberal Democrats and more broadly, politics in the UK and the EU.”