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Sunday, 6 December 2015

My friend and colleague

Since I last posted, Kenn Pearson, for whom I acted as election agent in the 1987 General Election, has passed away at the age of 75, having been in serious ill-health for some years.

I noticed today that Mr Abdul Mateen, of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, who stood against Kenn in his Council ward, has paid tribute to him in the County Press, the island's local newspaper.  I wonder how many former candidates would do that - but then, Kenn could unite friend and opponent: he didn't make enemies; he was too nice a man.

I found a drawing I made of Kenn which must date to round about the time he stood as Labour candidate for the island - I don't remember why I did it; perhaps it was intended for a leaflet, though we went for photographs in the end.  Perhaps the reason why will be obvious but, for better or worse, here it is.