COUNCILLORS have paid tribute to a compassionate and campaigning colleague who died last night (Tuesday) after battling cancer.
Norwegian-born Solveig Stone, 72, lived in Ruislip and served the West Ruislip ward for 10 years after being elected as a councillor in Hillingdon in 1998.
Leader of the Council, Ray Puddifoot, said: "On behalf of the administration and all council staff, I would like to express my condolences to Solveig's family and friends.
"Solveig served Hillingdon Council and the residents of the borough with dedication and distinction over many years.
"She was a real character and truly a people's champion with the ability to mix both passion and compassion when representing the views of residents. We will miss her very much."
Mayor of Hillingdon, Brian Crowe, said: "I have known Solveig Stone both as a councillor and before. She has also been my colleague as a ward councillor and in that time she has constantly had great integrity.
"As a cabinet member I know that she was dedicated to ensuring improvements in education and as a ward councillor she always worked hard for the benefit of the whole community.
"Solveig seconded my nomination for Mayor which is a point for which I owe personal thanks.
"I am deeply saddened at today's news and offer my condolences to her family."
Mike Cox, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "Solveig Stone always did her best for the residents she served and her party.
"In the last few years as a backbencher she displayed a streak of independence and courage which I greatly admired.
"She will be sadly missed and my condolences go to her husband and family."