Tributes paid to much-respected local Labour councillor

Councillors have joined together to remember fellow councillor Pam Adams, who sadly died last week.

Published: Monday, 15th May 2023

Pam Adams

A retired teacher, Cllr Adams was elected as a Labour councillor for St Margaret and South Marston ward last year and was re-elected to Stratton St Margaret Parish Council earlier this month.

She was also a member of the Growing the Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Planning Committee and Resources and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Labour Group Leader, Councillor Jim Robbins, said: “The Labour Group and the Council were stunned by the sad and unexpected news late last week. Our thoughts are with Pam’s husband, her two sons, and her whole family.

“Pam was a key member of the Labour Group and she will be much missed. I know that she was hugely delighted by Labour's recent election win and my last call from her was full of positivity and hope as we planned her role in the new Administration.

“I knew Pam as a colleague at Lawn Manor Academy before we were both elected, and she was a great teacher who was regularly stopped by old pupils who loved to update her on what they were now up to.

“She was a brilliant councillor, and so good at relating to residents and supporting them with their issues. Her sad death will really overshadow the Council meeting this week.”

Councillor Gary Sumner, Leader of the Conservative Group, said: “This sad news came as a shock to all of us in the Conservative Group. Some knew Pam better than others, but it is always a tragedy when something like this happens so unexpectedly. Despite any political differences you may have, at times like this you realise you’re all part of one big family of local councillors.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to Pam’s family, friends and colleagues in the Labour Group.”

There will be a minute’s silence in memory of Cllr Adams at this Friday’s (19 May) Annual Council meeting.

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