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Tributes paid to former leader of Hampshire County Council

Ken Thornber served with Hampshire County Council for 40 years Credit: HCC

Tributes are being paid to the former Leader and Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Honorary Alderman Ken Thornber CBE who has passed away following illness.

Ken Thornber served on Hampshire County Council for 40 years, being first elected in 1977 for Hythe, then in 1981 for Dibden and Hythe, and from 1989 for Brockenhurst Division. He was Leader of the County Council from 1999 to 2013, and Chairman in 2013/14.

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ken Thornber. He was a hugely respected politician, both locally and nationally, and a public servant in the truest sense of the word.

Ken played a pivotal role in the political and decision making process in Hampshire – serving the people of the county with diligence and commitment for many years. He cared very much about the divisions that he represented during his four decades of public service. He was equally passionate about the whole of the county, the importance of local government and of public service.

– Council leader Councillor Roy Perry