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Sadly, Councillor Maggie Mansell has died after a short illness.

Shafi Khan, who served with her on Croydon Council for 24 years writes:

I have lost a good partner in politics who always had equality, justice and fairness at the heart of anything she has done, a scientist with extensive knowledge of health issues, a fierce NHS defender, an ardent Crystal Palace supporter, an excellent Chair of Governors for a local school, a strong voice of the community, who always acted with highest integrity and above all a true Labour member. Maggie will be sorely missed.

Tony Newman, Leader of the Council has posted the following on Twitter:

It is with great sadness that we have received the terrible news we have lost one of our most dedicated, compassionate & long serving councillors, Maggie Mansell. Maggie helped thousands of people & made a real difference She will be sadly missed by us all. RIP

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