Tributes have been paid to Calderdale councillor Marilyn Greenwood, who has died.
Coun Greenwood was first elected to her Greetland and Stainland seat for the Liberal Democrats in 2014 with a 60-vote majority, a margin which increased tenfold when she was re-elected in 2018.
Liberal Democrat group leader Coun James Baker said party colleagues were saddened to hear she had passed away, and paid tribute to Coun Greenwood who was also a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter.
On social media her fellow Liberal Democrat Sean Bamforth said: “She was a real fighter, a woman who put the people she represented above everything.”
Coun Greenwood was a dedicated councillor who fought hard for what she believed was right and aimed to improve people’s lives, the Liberal Democrat group added.
This included important issues ranging from Calderdale’s draft Local Plan, where with her husband Ed she raised concerns about proposals for the ward, to ensuring children’s access to dentistry has been placed at the centre of Calderdale’s health agenda.
During the pandemic Coun Greenwood thought of others first, working to set up a volunteer network to help the vulnerable local residents she represented.
Her party’s tribute said Coun Greenwood was: “A remarkable woman with many talents, a singer, a marathon runner and recently an author of a book titled The Whistler: A Harrowing True Story.
“Marilyn will be missed by many but remembered by more.”
Labour leader of the Council, Coun Tim Swift said: “She was incredibly passionate about anything she got involved with and she will be hugely missed by all sides.”
Conservative councillor Howard Blagbrough (Brighouse) said her loss was great: “She was an outstanding councillor and my thoughts and prayers go to Ed and her family.”
Coun Greenwood’s friends at The Piece Hall in Halifax also left tributes on social media, as did West Yorkshire Police ’s Inspector Ben Doughty, who said “she always constructively held police and partners to account, striving for the best for her community”.