Monday, 7 February 2011

Jim Hanley

I have been wondering what to say about this all weekend. On Friday I was told about the sudden death of my friend Cllr Jim Hanley at the untimely age of 51. Frankly I am really in shock.

I had worked with Jim on a number of campaigns and found him to be a Welsh gent with nerves of steel.  It is really difficult to say everything I want to except I will miss Jim and Reading politics will be the poorer for him not being about. My first memory of him, was of him telling me how to act as a good Reading politician and then watching him act out his advice in the Council chamber and committee room.

I would like to express my condolences to Trish, his partner, and his wider family.