Tributes have come from all sides of the political spectrum to Cllr Colin Hall, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council, who died on Monday (30 March) after a short illness.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, described Colin Hall as a “wonderful colleague and a good friend”. She said he was “highly respected across London for his knowledge and experience” of environmental issues.
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington during the years Colin was on Sutton Council, said: “It was very clear that he was totally committed to Sutton and he had a particular commitment and interest in environmental issues. His passing will be a great loss to Sutton and my thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Former leader of the Labour group on Sutton Council, Charlie Mansell, said: “Colin was a formidable political opponent who I also counted as a friend across the council chamber This is a sad loss to his party colleagues, constituents, borough residents and most of all to his family.” He continued: “I am sure when proper tributes are paid in the council chamber the strong legacy he left on issues such as environmental policy and many others will be fully set out.”
Former Leader of the Conservative Opposition, Cllr Graham Whitham, said: “Colin brought honesty, wit, charm and above all, a gentle courtesy to local politics which cross the party divide. He will remain a role model to all of us who knew him. In a time when manners are often at a premium he was unfailingly polite and in his specialist field he had a breadth of knowledge which one could only envy.”