Michael Meadowcroft has been active in Liberal politics for sixty years. He has been a Leeds City Councillor, a West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Councillor and was the MP for Leeds West, 1983-87. He is an honorary alderman of the Leeds City Council. He has written, spoken, and appeared on many radio and television programmes, mainly on political topics. Over the past twenty years he has been mainly concerned with new and emerging democracies and has led or been a member of some fifty missions to thirty-five different countries. His academic thesis was on Leeds City government and he has lectured extensively on Leeds local history. He undertook eighth series of lectures on Leeds politicians at the independent Leeds Library where he chaired its trustee board from 2006 to 2015. He has had a lifetime’s interest in classic jazz and still leads the Granny Lee Jazz Band!