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Tribute to former council leader Len Newton who passed away this week

PUBLISHED: 09:09 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 09 May 2017

Len Newton

Len Newton

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The Conservative councillor was leader for 17 years

Tributes have been paid to the former leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Len Newton,who has passed away at the age of 73.

The local Conservative councillor, served as leader for 17 years, and on the council for 37 years from 1977 to 2010.

His daughter, Caroline Newton, who serves as councillor for St Michael’s Ward, said: “He was caring, fun, a lovely husband to my mum Chris, and father to me and my brother Richard. He always wanted the best for all of us, so much so you could call him determined and strong-willed.

“His strong Conservative values, and a longing to support the people of Bexley, are what inspired him to go into politics.

“He moved to Bexley from Manchester in the 50s when my grandad got a job here, and I think he just wanted to make Bexley the best community it could be, especially when it came to finances.

“I know he was really proud of the conservation work on Danson House, as well as his work for the Broadway shopping centre, the retained ownership of the former Civic Offices, and even the aqua zooms at the old Crook Log swimming baths, which I was first to go down.

“He absolutely loved his time as councillor, so much so that he passed on a job in Wales to stay and serve in Bexley. It just meant so much to him.”

Teresa O’Neill, leader of the council, said: “Len was always very proud of the borough, which he rightly believed was the best in London. he devoted himself to serving the local community and his ambitions were focused on doing the best for the borough and its people.

“He will be remembered by all who knew him as a man of strong principles and vision, who played a major role in creating the successful borough we know today.”

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