RIP Cllr Jo Stephenson, Lib Dem leader in Cumbria

jo stephensonJo Stephenson, Deputy Leader of Cumbria County Council and Lib Dem group leader, has died. The Westmoreland Gazette reports:

A LEADING Lake District politician who fell 30ft out of a window three weeks ago died in hospital last night, Cumbria County Council said today.

Liberal Democrat Coun Jo Stephenson suffered serious injuries including a broken pelvis, punctured lung and chest injuries following the incident in Windermere on July 4.

A statement released by Cumbria County Council this morning confirmed Coun Stephenson, who was the deputy leader of the authority, died in Royal Preston Hospital last night.

“He had been making a good recovery and his diagnosis was looking optimistic earlier in the week, but it is thought he died from a massive stroke last night,” it read.

“Jo was also South Lakeland District Councillor for Windermere Town and a leading voice in the Liberal Democrat Party in Cumbria.

“He had lived a rich and varied life with his wife Hillary and two children, working as a secondary school teacher and solicitor as well as running a bed and breakfast.”

Tim Farron has sent us this tribute:

“Jo was a wonderful councillor, colleague and friend. He got involved in local politics, giving up a career in law because he wanted to make a difference to the community he loved. He was committed, passionate and determined. My thoughts and prayers are with Hilary and his children at this awfully tragic time. We will miss him terribly.”

Update:

Nick Clegg has also paid tribute to Jo:

I am very sad to hear of the death of Jo Stephenson, a much-loved and dedicated councillor and a great servant of his community. He is a real loss to the Lib Dem family and will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this awful time.

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One Comment

  • Charles Rothwell 26th Jul '14 - 3:25pm

    Condolences to his family. He sounds a very committed and talented man whom I would have liked to have met (not least as a fellow ex-secondary school teacher).

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