Tributes paid to ‘peo­ple’s champ’ Paul

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘hard work­ing and well re­spected’ coun­cil­lor

Paul Thomp­son, of Hard­man Close, Knuz­den, served on Hyn­d­burn coun­cil from 2014 and rep­re­sented the St Oswalds area of Oswaldtwistle.

He died on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26, aged 67, fol­low­ing a short ill­ness.

The former UKIP rep­re­sen­ta­tive, who quit the party in Au­gust, was a keen sup­porter and fundraiser for De­rian House Chil­dren’s Hos­pice.

He also served on var­i­ous coun­cil com­mit­tees in­clud­ing, plan­ning and li­cens­ing and the learn­ing and devel­op­ment panel.

Hyn­d­burn coun­cil leader Miles Parkin­son said it was ‘ deeply sad news’. He said: “He was a well-re­spected lo­cal coun­cil­lor, hard work­ing in his ward and stood up for what he be­lieved in.

“Our thoughts go out to his fam­ily. It’s deeply, deeply, up­set­ting. He will be deeply missed on the coun­cil. We may not have agreed on every is­sue bit he was a very dili­gent per­son on the coun­cil.”

In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor and former UKIP col­league Mal­colm Pritchard said: “It’s a big, big shock. He was one of the nicest peo­ple you could ever wish to meet. A true gen­tle­man. He put peo­ple first. He lis- tened to them and knew what he wanted.”

Con­ser­va­tive group leader Coun Tony Dob­son said Paul was a ‘val­ued mem­ber of the coun­cil’.

He said: “He was al­ways very pos­i­tive and had a good rep­u­ta­tion lo­cally for help­ing res­i­dents, even down to do­ing odd jobs for them around their homes.

“The Con­ser­va­tive fam­ily in Hyn­d­burn send our con­do­lences to his good lady and his wider fam­ily.

“His pass­ing will be a great loss to Hyn­d­burn coun­cil be­cause he cer­tainly did it in the right way and wanted to con­trib­ute as much as pos­si­ble to im­prov­ing the lives of res­i­dents in Hyn­d­burn.”

Hyn­d­burn MP Gra­ham Jones said Paul was ‘well re­spected by ev­ery­one’. He said: “Paul was a lovely man, a hard work­ing coun­cil­lor who worked with all and for the res­i­dents he rep­re­sented.

“Ev­ery­one got on well with him. I’d see him at every com­mu­nity event. RIP Paul. My thoughts are with his fam­ily and friends.”

Paul sadly leaves his wife Bar­bara, his son Paul, his daugh­ter-in- law Ni­chola and grand­daugh­ter Imo­gen.

His funeral ser­vice will be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium at 2.30pm on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6.

See p12 for obit­u­ary.

Hyn­d­burn UKIP Coun­cil­lor Paul Thomp­son has died at the age of 67

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