Welsh political leader’s words go down in history 

06/11/2008 00:00 

WHEN Wales’ longest-serving political leader stood down at his party’s recent Autumn conference, Dr Russell Deacon from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) was on hand to record the special event.

Michael German OBE AM finished a 10 year period of office last month in which he has also served as Deputy First Minister.

Dr Russell Deacon, a Reader in Welsh History and Governance at UWIC’s Cardiff School of Education, held a special open session at the conference for the Welsh Liberal History Group.

The session was entitled: Mike German: A life in Welsh Liberal Democrat politics. It was an hour long session of questions by Dr Deacon followed by answers and stories by Mr German about his four decades at the heart of Welsh politics. The session was recorded for the use of future historians and will be put in the Welsh Political Archives in the National Library of Wales.

Dr Deacon said: “Michael German gave a vivid and interesting account of his four decades in Welsh politics. There were a few surprises for those in the audience as Mike revealed some of the behind-the-scenes antics concerning the coalition government arrangements that were kept out of the public gaze. The record of this meeting will now remain as an important source of information for future historians covering this period.”

For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk