Gareth Young

Dear Laura and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I cannot imagine how you are all feeling on the tragic loss of your beloved Gareth. I know how much he adored his family. He spoke about you all often and with such love and affection. I will never forget how supportive Gareth was when I asked to get involved in an area of work that was outside of my usual responsibilities but from the outset he encouraged me and trusted me. I am truly grateful for the opportunity and for the confidence he instilled in me. On a personal level, I have so many memories of Gareth. We went to polling data fringe meetings at the party political conferences that everyone else thought sounded very boring but we both really enjoyed. Over the years we chatted about everything especially politics (including in recent years a joint admiration of Sir Keir Starmer) and music, movies and pets. I regarded him as a friend as well as a respected colleague and I shall miss him terribly.

Lynn Bayliss

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