The Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council has died from an ongoing illness.

Cllr Sue Murphy CBE, was first elected in 1995 and had been Deputy Leader of the Council since 2010. Before that, Sue served as Executive Member for Employment and Skills and Executive Member for Finance.

She served the city in a range of other capacities, including being on the board of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Group, and as chair of trustees for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund established after the 22 May 2017 terror attack.

Paying tribute to Sue, Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "Today Manchester has lost a great socialist and public servant who dedicated her life to social justice and making the city, and the world, a better and fairer place for everybody - but especially those with the greatest needs.

"Over the years she has taken on many roles, locally and nationally, including some of the most challenging issues we face as a society - tackling homelessness and the scourge of family poverty being just part of her council portfolio.

I have lost a friend and colleague who has been alongside me for over a quarter of a century, for the last ten years as my deputy leader. The loss is a devastating shock.

"I will miss Sue, Manchester will miss Sue, but we can only imagine the feelings of her husband Paul and her family at the moment and above all my thoughts are with them."

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, added: "Sue was a committed champion for women, for diversity and for the vulnerable through her work on tackling homelessness and poverty.

"She was a much-loved and well respected figure and her loss will touch many of our staff and community members deeply. She really helped drive forward innovative new ways of working in the council as we look to work ever more closely and constructively with our communities."

The Mayor of Greater Manchester also paid tribute to Sue on social media:

Sue was made a CBE for her services to the city in 2015.

Her death was not coronavirus related.