Simon Hughes MP, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, has added his voice to those wishing Peter Tatchell a happy 60th birthday.

Nearly thirty years after his victory over Peter Tatchell at the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, Hughes sends a message for the human rights campaigner.

Peter,

Happy birthday and congratulations.

You deserve widespread thanks and appreciation for your relentless campaigning against discrimination and for the rights of gay and lesbian people and others, not just in this country but around the world. Your brave and principled opposition to authoritarian and illiberal regimes such as Russia and Zimbabwe have been models of political protest and powerful direct action.

Your commitment to a sustainable environmental future and political reform as well as to social justice is something you know we share.

It is a privilege to be your member of parliament and great that you have continued to live at the Elephant and Castle. I hope there will be many occasions in the future when we can work together for a more just world, as there have been in the last three decades.

Yours sincerely,
Simon