Former prime minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lambeth Mayor, Cllr Mark Bennett following his sudden death on Tuesday.
Cllr Bennett, 44, who had served as Mayor of Lambeth since March 2013, is believed to have died from a heart attack.
Tony Blair said: “I first got to know Mark as a talented and dedicated member of the Number 10 team and then at Labour Party HQ when he worked tirelessly on the 2005 General Election campaign.
“He was intelligent, immensely hard-working and above all, a warm and generous spirit who was a pleasure to be around. He was an extraordinarily popular member of the team.”
Since first becoming elected to Lambeth council in 2005 Cllr Bennett had made a huge contribution to the borough, leaving staff and councillors saddened at the sudden loss.
Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth council leader, said: “Everyone in Lambeth is touched by the tributes that have been paid to Mark since his death.
“His compassion, commitment and intelligence have been hailed far and wide, and he really will be sorely missed. This is a devastating loss.”
Others who have already publicly paid tribute to Cllr Bennett include Streatham MP Chuka Umanna, Dulwich and West Norwood MP Tessa Jowell and Tony Blair’s former spokesman Alastair Campbell.
Lambeth council will today open a book of condolence to Cllr Bennett at the town hall in Brixton and plans are underway for an official commemoration of his life.