Tributes paid to ‘maverick’ Redbridge councillor

Colleagues have paid tribute to a “maverick” Redbridge Labour councillor with “a great sense of humour”.

Cllr Stuart Bellwood, who represented Seven Kings, died on August 20 after serving as a councillor for 18 years.

He served on a number of committees, including vice chair of the health scrutiny committee from 2011.

His family plans to hold a local event in his memory, although details of the funeral are not yet known.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Our friend, colleague and Seven Kings champion Cllr Stuart Bellwood will be sadly missed.

“My heart goes out to his family and friends at this terrible time. Stuart was a wonderful person, his maverick style and happy go lucky nature will be missed by us all”

Redbridge Labour group chairman Cllr Judith Garfield added: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Cllr Stuart Bellwood.

“He was a public servant dedicated to our borough for many years. He was kind, with a great sense of humour, and fairness, and was always a champion for the many communities in Seven Kings. He will be deeply missed – our deepest condolence to his family.”

The whole council wishes to pass on its sincere condolences to his family.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter