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Ed Miliband pays tribute to Dr Joe Hendry

The Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has paid tribute to Dr Joe Hendry.

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Joe Hendry. I met Joe on several occasions and his passion and commitment to Carlisle and Cumbria always shone through.

"I know he was incredibly proud of the city he called his home and ambitious for its future.

"His love of the Labour Party was equally strong. He led Labour out of opposition after 13 years and since becoming Leader of the Council has worked hard to keep the promises he made to local people.

"His loss will be felt across the whole community. My thoughts are with Monica and his two sons at this sad time."

– Ed Miliband, Leader, Labour Party

Flag flies at half mast at Carlisle City Council

Carlisle City flag flying at half mast outside the Civic Centre in memory of Dr Joe Hendry Credit: ITV Border

The Carlisle City flag is flying at half mast outside of the Civic Centre in memory of Councillor Joe Hendry.

Tributes have been coming in for the leader of Carlisle City Council who died aged 67.

The Deputy Leader of Carlisle City Council, Colin Glover, said:

"Everyone is in shock. I saw him on Wednesday and he appeared to be getting better."

John Mallinson, Leader of the Opposition, said:

"We may have been in different parties and had different opinions but we worked together verywell and I regarded him as my friend."

Tributes paid to Carlisle City Council Leader

Councillors have paid tribute to Carlisle City Council Leader Joe Hendry, who died yesterday afternoon (30th May).

The 67-year-old was receiving care at Cumberland Infirmary following a heart attack last Friday (24th May).

"The news came as a great shock to us all as he appeared to be recovering well and was in good spirits.

"He will be greatly missed. Although Joe's council leadership was for a relatively short period, he had a great impact on the council and had a strong vision for the development of Carlisle into the future.

"He took great pride in our city, especially its history and heritage."

– Jason Gooding, Chief Executive, Carlisle City Council, said:

“Joe was immensely proud of his adopted City of Carlisle and his ambition for the future of the city was clear for everyone to see.

"He was particularly interested in creating opportunities for young people and giving them the best possible start in life.

“I saw Joe in hospital on Wednesday evening and he was bright and cheerful and seemed to be doing really well. The news has come as a huge shock to us and he will be greatly missed.

“Joe was first elected in 2003 and over the past 10 years he has earned the respect of a wide range of people.

"He kept a large pledge card in his office as a reminder to us all of the promises that had been made to the people of Carlisle.

"The finest tribute that we can pay to Joe is to make sure that those pledges are kept and his vision for the city is delivered. Our thoughts are with his wife Monica and the family at this sad time.”

– Councillor Colin Glover, Deputy Leader, Carlisle City Council
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