Tributes to Oliver Thomas

April 28, 2014 9:41 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

It was with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence announced the death of five service personnel who lost their lives serving their country in southern Afghanistan on April 26th 2014. One of the men who lost their lives was Oliver Thomas, a researcher who worked for Roger Williams MP in Westminster.

Nick Clegg, Roger Williams and Kirsty Williams pay tribute to Oliver Thomas.

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

"My heartfelt sympathies go to the family, partner, friends and colleagues of Oliver Thomas.

"Oliver, or Olly as he was known, was taking a break from his role as a researcher in Westminster to Roger Williams. I understand from Roger that Olly was an incredibly popular and dedicated member of staff who will be greatly missed.

"It is very sad to hear about the death of a young man who had a promising future ahead of him. It is even sadder for those colleagues of Olly in the Liberal Democrats who have lost a fellow activist and dear friend".

Remembering Oliver, Roger Williams MP for Brecon and Radnorshire said:

"Not only was it a pleasure to work alongside Olly for many years, but I consider it a privilege to have been able to call him a friend.

"We were all so proud of him when he first joined the Army Reserves. His integrity and strength of character made him a perfect ambassador for our country.

"Olly's family have so much to be proud of in their son. Our thoughts are with them at this particularly difficult time. We will all miss him dearly."

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and AM for Brecon and Radnorshire added:

"This is desperately sad news. I would like to express my deep sympathy and condolences to Olly's family.

"Olly was an exceptional young man. He was courageous, brave and relished the opportunity to serve his country. He will be missed by everyone who knew him - his family, his friends and his colleagues."