The Keynes Society is sad to note the passing of Sir Clement Freud last night.
Sir Clement was known to generations of Cambridge Young Liberals as a diligent Cambridgeshire MP, for the neighbouring seat of the Isle of Ely (1973-87, later renamed North East Cambridgeshire), which he won in a sensational by-election, and held for four subsequent elections.
When before a Liberal selection panel for the first time, he sought to allay their worries about his reputation as a television wit, by saying ‘if elected, I will take this job more seriously than I have ever taken anything before in my life’, and so he did – he is still fondly remembered today by former constituents in Ely for his assiduous casework and advocacy.
He took a strong interest in the Cambridge University Liberal Club during his time as an MP, and was still in touch with us as recently as 2005.
And he will of course perhaps be best remembered for his dazzling, deadpan performances on ‘Just a Minute’.
Obituaries can be read below