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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
  Martyn Smith and Ray Holtom
With Martyn's recent death and Ray's last week I think some comments are warranted.

Martyn and his wife Sadie have been the leading lights of West Bromwich Liberals since I have been involved in politics (1970s). Martyn was also ran the West Birmingham CHC for many years.

In the County Council elections many years ago they won two of the three seats in the West Bromwich East Parliamentary Seat. Sadly Martyn did not, however, convert that into winning the Parliamentary Seat itself.

Martyn was a hard worker for the Liberal/Lib Dem Cause in the black country. It is sad to hear of Martyn's death.

Ray Holtom was a Lib Dem Councillor who joined us in Birmingham from Labour. I first got to know him at the Trinity Centre which used to support the harder to manage end of the roofless sector. Ray always backed the powerless against the powerful and it is sad to hear of his passing.
 
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Very sorry to hear about Martyn. Growing up in Great Barr, Martyn and Sadie's Focus was the first political leaflet I ever read, and I was impressed even then by their campaigning. He will leave a big gap.

Steve W.
 
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