Lib Dem peer and newspaper man gives talk in Southsea

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A SOUTHSEA school’s politics society is hosting a recently-created Lib Dem peer and former local newspaper manager for their first meeting of the spring term.

Lord Stoneham, who served as the Lib Dems’ operations director under Charles Kennedy and Nick Clegg, will be giving a public talk at St John’s College this Friday.

He also had a distinguished career in the local press which included a period as managing director of Portsmouth Publishing and Printing Limited – owners of The News.

Lord Stoneham hit headlines last year when he revealed a super-injuction obtained by Sir Fred Goodwin, former chief executive of RBS.

Dr Graham Goodlad, history and politics teacher, said: ‘It will be good to learn about the perspective of a relative newcomer to Westminster, and one with strong local connections.

‘We look forward to hearing Lord Stoneham’s reflections on the world of newspapers as well as on the current political scene.’

The free event is open to the public and starts at 7pm with refreshments.