Death of London Euro-candidate
Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 30th September, 2007
It was with great sadness that I learned late tonight of the sudden death in Senegal of Dr John Stonehouse, who was running as one of the shortlisted candidates for the London LibDem list for the European Parliament. John was an agricultural entomologist and held the post of Research Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College, University of London. He studied history at Oxford, but got his PhD in Natural Sciences from Imperial and was a valued advisor to specialists working in the field of agricultural pests in the developing world.
John had a pied-a-terre in Ladbrooke Grove in Kensington, West London, but his main home was at Ugthorpe Windmill near Whitby in Yorkshire, where his family had lived for generations. He acted as Liberal Democrat agent for the constituency of Scarborough and Whitby at the 2005 general election, and only this May was a local council candidate for the Mulgrave ward of Whitby. He would have brought unusual and valuable expertise to the London list, and my deepest sympathy goes to all those close to him.