The former Labour MP for Falmouth and Camborne Candy Atherton has died suddenly at the age of 62.
The Labour politician has been described by friends from the world of politics, and people from across the region, as a true Cornwall champion for her dedication to the county and the people of Falmouth.
Flags will be flying at half mast at County Hall today in tribute to the Labour councillor and former MP.
No details of her cause of death have been released but it is understood she had suffered a short illness.
Mrs Atherton was first elected in 1997 after beating Conservative Seb Coe, and held the seat with an increased majority in 2001.
She was the successful candidate in the first all women shortlist in the country when she fought the three way marginal seat of Falmouth and Camborne in Cornwall.
Did you know? In 1984 she co-founded Everywoman magazine – a post feminist women’s magazine.
Tributes have been paid to the former MP, from people from across the political spectrum: