Tributes follow the deaths of two Knowsley councillors

Published on: Wednesday, 30-September-2015

The Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Andy Moorhead, has paid tribute to two Labour councillors who have recently passed away.

Councillor Mal Sharp represented the Shevington Ward in Kirkby, and had been a member of Knowsley Council since 2003.  He died suddenly on September 24, aged 69.

Councillor Sharp had served on a number of council committees during his 12 years in office, and was also Vice-Chair of the Merseytravel Committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

A committed family man, Councillor Sharp was also an active supporter of the Jus Kidz Charity and a Governor at Eastcroft Park Primary School in Kirkby.

His death followed the passing of another Knowsley Councillor, Tony Cunningham, who represented St Bartholomew’s Ward in Huyton.

Councillor Cunningham passed away on September 14 after also serving 12 years on Knowsley Council.  He served on a number of Council Committees over the years (including the Planning Committee) and was also an active Scrutiny Member.  He was also the current Chairperson of the Appeals Committee.

Councillor Moorhead said, “Both Mal and Tony were extremely valued colleagues. I had the utmost respect for them both, and I know that their communities will miss such extremely hard working and committed local representatives.

“It has been heartening to hear so many stories in the past weeks and days from residents and other colleagues across local government about both Mal and Tony, and the esteem in which people held them for the work they did in office.

“My thoughts and those of their other council colleagues are very much with their families at this time.”