Ann Thomson, the Labour Leader of Barrow Council, has died following a short period of illness. Anne Burns, a fellow Labour councillor, said:
“Ann spent the best part of her adult life caring for people, battling for the feminist cause and organising for the Labour movement. She was also a real character whose trademark chuckle would lighten many a political discussion”.
She was a long-serving member of the borough council, having first been elected in 1990, Cllr Thomson served as the Mayor of Barrow between May 2015 and May 2016 before becoming its Leader in 2019. The council is being abolished on 1 April 2023 and merging with other districts to become the Westmorland and Furness Unitary Authority.
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