Mr. Kiron Reid, 48 Abbeygate Apartments, High Street, Liverpool L15 8HB

0151 734 0707 kiron.reid1@orange.net

Liberal Democrats,

Membership Department,

8-10 Great George Street,

London,

SW1P 3AE

18 October 2012

Dear Membership Department,

It is with regret that I resign from the Liberal Democrats. I joined the Liberal Party in May 1987 and have been a member with the same membership number ever since.

Despite the party's current problems I did not want to leave and had no intention of falling out with the Party. But I believe that the post of Police and Crime Commissioner should not be party political. I have argued this internally for more than a year, with senior party officers locally five month ago, and publicly since late August. Unfortunately some senior figures locally decided that they wanted to put up a Liberal Democrat candidate. I am standing as an Independent in the election on Merseyside and therefore have to leave.

At the same time I work in a University and I sit surrounded by the destruction of the British tradition of University education. The Labour Government started this but the Coalition Government have accelerated it. I do not doubt that the Liberal Democrats have tried to make the system fairer. There are also some changes happening that are beneficial for students. The system is being destroyed with Nick Clegg's cooperation. I think Nick Clegg genuinely believes that he has acted in the best interests of the country. I give him credit for the good policies that he has got implemented, on civil liberties and taking the lowest paid workers out of tax. But personally I cannot trust Nick Clegg or recommend any member of the public to vote for him. I also understand that none of this is the fault of hardworking staff in Party headquarters or of the many tireless volunteers up and down the country.

Best wishes,

Kiron Reid.

Membership number 2660709.