The leader of the Tory-led Croydon Council, Mike Fisher, paid tribute to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks.
Malcolm Wicks was a dedicated constituency MP, a champion of Croydon and a thoroughly decent man who was always considered in his opinions and polite in delivering them. He worked with councils of both political persuasions in the interest of the town and was a pragmatic and responsible politician. He will be a hard act to follow.
Malcolm battled his illness with dignity, courage and a determination to continue representing his constituents. He will be missed by everyone in Croydon. I will miss him personally and I pass on my condolences to his wife and his family.
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