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COLLEAGUES “DEVASTATED” BY COUNCILLOR’S DEATH

25-05-2010

Friends and colleagues have been left “absolutely devastated” by the death of Wolverhampton councillor death Gill Fellows on Saturday morning – news which, as well as the undoubted personal tragedy, leaves the authority in a state of political turmoil.

Cllr Fellows, a Conservative, was the city’s Cabinet Member for Childrens’ Services until she was relieved of her position last week.

She was replaced by Liberal Democrat Claire Darke as the parties entered a formal coalition.

Although Gill had suffered a long illness, her passing was unexpected, and one senior Council source said Tory members were “absolutely devastated by the news”.

Opposition group leader Roger Lawrence paid tribute to her saying :  “It’s very sad.  She was a great supporter or all things Bilston, and she was a real worker”.

Cllr Lawrence refused to be drawn on the political ramifications of Cllr Fellows passing until her funeral, but there has already been speculation on The Stirrer Forum about what this will mean for the political balance in Wolverhampton.

The Con-Dem alliance now has 30 seats, and Labour 29 – so if Labour wins the subsequent by election, the city will be tied 30-30, triggering a constitutional crisis.

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