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Tributes to Robert Gordon, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council

Published: 9th October 2017 09:48


Robert Gordon, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council has cofirmed the sad news that Robert Gordon died on Friday [6th October] having lived unfalteringly with cancer for some time.

Robert had been the Leader of Hertfordshire County Council since 2007 and a Councillor since 1989.

David Williams, Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: "I am so saddened at this news. Rob was a wonderful colleague, hugely respected locally and nationally and a public servant in the truest sense of the word. Robert made Hertfordshire the County of Opportunity and worked relentlessly to achieve this. He will be sorely missed by all those he knew."

Richard Thake, Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, said: "We have suffered such a terrible loss for the whole county. He was a remarkable man, who used his immense knowledge of Hertfordshire, to work tirelessly and deliver cost effective services. Everyone, who had the privilege of working with him, fully understood the huge contribution he made for the whole county."

Stephen Giles-Medhurst, speaking on behalf of the Liberal Democrat group at the County Council, said: "Rob's passing is not only a sad loss for his friends and family but he was also a true champion for Hertfordshire. Whilst we may have been political opponents, he was always someone you could talk with to reach agreement on common issues to improve and protect the county."

Judi Billing, speaking on behalf of the Labour Group at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "I was shocked and tremendously sad to hear of the death of Rob Gordon on Friday afternoon. He and I were, of course, poles apart in our political beliefs and world picture but I had tremendous admiration for his quiet and considered style of leadership, his personal kindness to me at a very difficult time in my life, and mostly for his genuine commitment to local government and the role of elected councillors.

"Rob went to considerable lengths to ensure that every single county councillor had the resources, even at a time of huge government cuts, to make a difference in the communities that they represented, and to ensure that all political voices were heard in every debate on every subject of the council's business."

Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, said: "I am very sad to hear of the death of Robert Gordon.  He was an incredibly important political figure in Hertfordshire, whose kindness and friendship will be missed by so many - as much as his advice and efforts working for the people of this county.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family." 

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