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Hundreds gather to pay tribute to Sandwell Council leader

Hundreds gathered to pay respect to Darren Cooper Credit: ITV News Central

A minute's silence has been held in memory of Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper who died suddenly on Saturday.

Hundreds of employees gathered outside Oldbury Civic Square to pay their respects. The 52-year-old had been a councillor for Soho and Victoria in Smethwick since 1991, and became council leader in 2009. A book of condolence has also been opened at the council house.

The Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, Steve Eling has said he's not surprised by how many people turned up to pay tribute to Cooper.

Silence held in memory of Sandwell Council leader

People gathered to remember Darren Cooper this morning. Credit: Pat Fenelon / ITV News Central

A minute's silence has been held in memory of Darren Cooper, the Sandwell Council leader who died on Saturday aged 52.

He had represented the Soho and Victoria ward in Smethwick since May 1991 and became Leader of Sandwell Council in December 2009.

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Tributes to Sandwell Council leader who has died aged 52

The Sandwell Council Leader, Darren Cooper, has been described as 'one of the most important labour leaders in Britain' by Jeremy Corbyn.

The Labour Party leader joined other politicians who have paid tribute to the 52-year-old, after he died suddenly on Saturday night.

Mr Cooper had been a councillor for Soho and Victoria in Smethwick since 1991, and became council leader in 2009. Hannah Gamlin reports.

Jeremy Corbyn: 'Darren Cooper's contribution to Sandwell and the Black Country is immeasurable'

The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has paid tribute to the Leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper, who had died at the age of 52.

Councillor Darren Cooper, the leader of Sandwell Council, had died at the age of 52. Credit: andwell Metropolitan Borough Council

“Darren’s contribution to Sandwell and the Black Country is immeasurable. A councillor for nearly twenty five years and leader of Sandwell Council since 2009, he was one of the most important Labour Leaders in Britain. He was a huge talent - he fought for Labour values to get the best for the people that he served so diligently in Sandwell. Our movement is diminished by his loss and his experience, charisma and leadership will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Labour Party I would like to express our deepest sympathies to his family at this extremely sad time.”

– Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Tony Blair: 'Cooper was one of Labour’s most committed and passionate local government leaders'

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to Councillor Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, who passed away yesterday, aged 52.

Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper passed away yesterday. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire/Press Association Images and Sandwell Council.

Darren Cooper was one of Labour’s most committed and passionate local government leaders of the last twenty years and stood resolute in his support for the people of Sandwell.

A long-serving councillor, he worked diligently to implement Labour’s core values of social justice and equality of opportunity despite the huge challenges faced by local government over the last few years.

My deepest sympathies are with Darren’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

– Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

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Sandwell council leader Darren Cooper passes away

The leader of the Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper died last night, the council has announced. He was 52.

Councillor Darren Cooper, the leader of Sandwell Council, was 52. Credit: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council have issued a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of the Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper who died last night."

Councillor Darren Cooper had represented the Soho and Victoria ward in Smethwick since May 1991 and became Leader of Sandwell Council in December 2009.

Deputy Leader, Councillor Eling will now assume the role of Leader of Sandwell Council, in accordance with council procedures, said the council in a statement issued today.

This is of course a terrible shock to everyone who knew Darren.

He was hugely liked and respected by both his colleagues at the council and the constituents who he was dedicated to serving.

Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family and we ask on their behalf that their privacy be respected at this extremely sad and difficult time.

– Deputy Leader, Cllr Steve Eling

Toddlers parents 'feel like luckiest in world' after fall

The parents of a toddler who fell from a first floor window say they 'feel like the luckiest in the world', after their daughter survived and returned home.

Lilly Taylor fell from her bedroom window last Thursday, but returned home after just five days in hospital - which involved having emergency brain surgery.

Stephanie Morton and Craig Taylor said they thought she would have to stay in hospital for months.

Baby hurt in horrific fall arrives home after brain surgery

A 16-month-old baby girl has arrived home from hospital after an horrific fall from a window at her home in Tipton.

Lilly Taylor Credit: BPM Media

Lilly Taylor plummeted to the ground from the upstairs of the house after being put to bed for a nap last Thursday.

She smashed her head on concrete and bricks in the garden, fracturing her skull and knocking herself unconscious.

She needed 60 stitches in her head and had to have emergency brain surgery.

Lilly needed to have emergency brain surgery. Credit: BPM Media
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