Very sadly Knowsley has lost two long standing councillors in the past month, with the passing of both Cllr Mal Sharp and Cllr Tony Cunningham.
Both were extremely valued colleagues of mine, and I had the utmost respect for both men, who I knew to be extremely hard working and committed local representatives.
It is always difficult to lose a colleague and a friend who you have known for a long while and whose opinion and advice you value.
One thing that has been heartening is that in the days and weeks since they passed, lots of people have shared their stories about both Mal and Tony, and the impact their work had on them or somebody they know. Some people have just shared favourite or funny memories of time they spent with either man, and that’s been lovely too.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to pay tribute to both Mal and Tony, who were absolutely committed to Knowsley and its people, and of course, to pass on my sincere condolences to their family and friends.