Hopes for a legacy of partnership

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The legacy of a popular Blackpool councillor should be that of working together no matter your political views, community leaders have said.

Tributes were paid to Coun Tony Lee at a full council meeting on Wednesday, following his death in July after a short illness.

Coun Lee, a Conservative, had shared his Waterloo ward with Labour councillor David O’Hara, and was praised from both sides of the political spectrum for putting personal views aside in the name of getting things done for South Shore in his seven years in office.

Coun O’Hara said: “He was always fun and such a good man, he was easy to get on with and wonderful to work with.”

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservatives on Blackpool Council, commended Coun Lee.

He said: “He broke down the barriers and there should be more of that.”