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Keith Melton

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Keith Melton (Keith Melton)

Currently Chair of GLD, elected March 2020 (Previously Vice Chair Campaigns for 2017-2020

Bramblewood, Pingley Lane, Staythorpe

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Formerly chair of the Liberal Ecology Group (LEG), Keith became Chair of the newly formed Green Liberal Democrats when the party was formed in 1988 by the merger of the Liberal Party and the SDP (Social Democratic Party, which originally broke away from the Labour Party, primarily over the issue of Europe)

Keith`s `claim to fame` at the time was in writing the following sentence into the Preamble of the Constitution of the new party. It acts now as the credo for the Green Liberal Democrats - the "environmental conscience of the party"...

"We believe that each generation is responsible for the fate of our planet and, by safeguarding the balance of nature and the environment, for the long term continuity of life in all its forms."

Keith fought four General Elections and two European Elections as a candidate. His best result came in 1983 as Liberal Candidate for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire when he came second to Jim Lester (a Tory Minister) with 25% of the vote. He has also held various posts in local Liberal and Lib Dem parties, at one time President of the Nottinghamshire Liberal Party.

Keith `retired` from Party Politics to found the Institute for Sustainable Develoment in Business, based at Nottingham Trent University. He retired in 2006 and eventually rejoined the party in 2017 in the aftermath of the failed European Referendum (he had been a speaker for the European Movement in the first referendum in 1975.)

Whilst retired he has written an historical novel about an ancestor, Nicholas Melton who was known as Captain Cobbler and who rebelled against Henry Vlll - "Captain Cobbler: The Lincolnshire Uprising 1536"

He has organised two recent `actual` GLD conferences, both in Nottingham in 2018 and 2019 and has taken a leading role in bringing together all the events you will see in the 2020 Festival of Green Events.

Keith is married to a Brazilian wife, Fatima, who got locked down in Brazil before she could get over to England, as they had planned. They speak every day on Skype and Fatima will be joining us at the conference from their home near Rio de Janeiro. they will be lunching together "virtually" on saturday 20th June.