Our dear friend and political colleague Russell Harsant has passed away peacefully in St Elizabeth Hospice, after a long battle with cancer.
All those who knew him will be saddened by the loss and our thoughts are with Liz and the rest of his family.
Ben Gummer MP led the tributes today. He said: “This is very sad news. Russell was a kind and life-enhancing friend whom we shall all miss very much.
“He made a considerable contribution to Ipswich during several decades of public service as a Borough and County councillor. My thoughts and prayers are with Liz and his family.”