Following the death of Tulse Hill councillor, Cllr Ruth Ling, the three leaders of Lambeth council’s political groups have released a joint statement;
Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck said: “Ruth was a warm and caring person who had been a councillor since 1994. We are all deeply saddened and shocked at the sudden death of our valued colleague and friend. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”
Cllr Ashley Lumsden said, “The sudden loss of a long serving councillor has been a shock to those residents, councillors and officers who knew Ruth. Our thoughts must be with her family and friends at this sad time.”
Cllr John Whelan said, “I’d like to extend my deep condolences to Ruth’s family and her colleagues at this sad loss. Ruth impressed all councillors and officers with her deep commitment to public service and her constituents. She was at all times constructive and respectful of others. Ruth will be greatly missed.”
Ruth Ling was born on 10th September 1952. She was first elected to Lambeth council in 1994 – and was longest serving Clapham councillor in modern times. Cllr Ling spent many years as a senior member of planning committee – overseeing decisions on developments such as new leisure centres in Norwood, Streatham and Clapham
Ruth was a fluent Portuguese speaker after living for a time in Brazil. She was previously a freelance journalist working for trade magazines covering, amongst other things, the satellite communications industry.