Councillors in Leeds fell silent to remember ‘fiery’ long-serving colleague Suzi Armitage who died earlier this week at the age of 60.
At yesterday’s (Feb 7) meeting of Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel, members observed a minute’s silence in memory of the Cross Gates and Whinmoor Labour councillor, who served the people of Leeds for 25 years.
A former nurse at St James’ Hospital, Coun Armitage was elected onto the authority in 1988. During her time as a councillor, her dedication to local community groups and passionate personality gained her the admiration and respect of both residents and her fellow councillors.
Leading the tributes to her, Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said: “Suzi Armitage was a force to be reckoned with - fiery, passionate and hugely popular amongst both colleagues and the people in east Leeds she lived and worked with, as well as represented. She will be sadly missed, and my thoughts are with her family – particularly her husband Terry, son Ben, and her grandchild. She worked tremendously hard as a Cross Gates and Whinmoor councillor, approaching the challenges that involved with a straight talking attitude and typical east Leeds humour. Those who knew her will miss her presence, character and feisty nature.”
During her time on the council, Coun Armitage volunteered to be the Older People’s Champion, was a member of the Health, Well-Being and Adult Social Care scrutiny board as well as a committed Unison representative. She also served on the council’s Licensing Committee and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority. She died on Wednesday following a long illness.
Adding to the tributes, Coun Stewart Golton, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in Leeds said: “Suzi Armitage was an old fashioned, community politician respected in equal measure by her constituents and her political colleagues from all parties. She was certainly no political wall flower and was vocal defending what she believed in.”