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Tributes paid to Harrogate councillor Geoff Webber who has died

Tributes have been paid to Cllr Geoff Webber who died yesterday (Thursday).

Tributes have been paid to Cllr Geoff Webber who died yesterday (Thursday). Cllr Webber represented Harrogate Bilton and Nidd Gorge on North Yorkshire County Council. He was first elected to the county council in 1993, serving until 2001. He was then re-elected in 2009, serving until 2013, and again in 2017. He was also a Harrogate Borough councillor until 2011. Cllr Webber had been serving as the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on North Yorkshire County Council. County council leader Cllr Carl Les said:

“I am very saddened to hear of Geoff’s death and my thoughts are with his wife and family at this time. “Geoff and I served on the county council for a similar length of time and I enjoyed many discussions and debates with him, and when he spoke I listened. He was a very principled man and was passionate about the community that elected him. He is a very sad loss to his community and the county council.”
Fellow Liberal Democrat county councillor Cllr Philip Broadbank said he was saddened to hear the news:
“Geoff was a sincere, devoted family man and he will be missed by many. He was a strong campaigner and supporter of the Harrogate Homeless Project over the years and also fought for more affordable housing in the Harrogate district as well as throughout North Yorkshire. “As a councillor and county councillor at different times over the last 28 years he was often prepared to take a controversial position on issues the councils were faced with at the time. As leader of the Liberal Democrat group at County Hall, he was always working to be constructive when faced with challenging issues and was a strong believer in the important role local government had in people’s daily lives. A former mayor and leader of Harrogate Borough Council, he was a determined fighter for the issues he believed in and made a considerable impact on so many people.”
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