Book of Condolence opened following death of Cllr Chris Blakeley

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Book of Condolence opened following death of Cllr Chris Blakeley

Post by Wirral Council News » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:40 pm

A Book of Condolence has been opened following the death of Cllr Chris Blakeley, who served the ward of Moreton West and Saughall Massie as a Conservative councillor for nearly 20 years.

Cllr Blakeley, who was 69, was born and raised in West Kirby and but for a year spent working in Cornwall, had lived in Wirral for his whole life; the last 40 years as a resident of Moreton.

He spent 30 years working in the food industry before later serving as Head of Office for the MP, Esther McVey.

His responsibilities as a councillor since being first elected in May 2000 included Chairing the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, serving as a board member of both Wirral Partnership Homes and Merseytravel and as Cabinet member for Housing during the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition which led Wirral Council between 2010-11.

Paying tribute to Cllr Blakeley, Wirral Council Chief Executive, Paul Satoor, said: ‘It is clear that Chris Blakeley embodied the ideals of a public servant, giving selflessly of his time and commitment to his ward and to Wirral.

‘He was a tireless campaigner on behalf of his constituents on a range of issues, including protecting the green belt and parks and open spaces, protecting and enhancing local leisure services, including public parks and libraries and campaigning for affordable housing to give local young people the best opportunity to get onto the housing ladder.

‘I know that he was held in very high regard by councillors from all political parties and his loss will be felt particularly keenly among his friends and colleagues from the local Conservative group, who he had served as their Chief Whip until recently.

‘On behalf of officers and staff across Wirral Council, I would like to express our sincerest condolences to all of Chris’s family and friends at this time, in particular his wife Sandra and daughter Stephanie.’

The Book of Condolence has been opened at Wallasey Town Hall and Moreton Library.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Thu, 16 Jan 2020 www.wirral.gov.uk

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