My good friend and ex fellow Cllr. Valerie Lamey died on Thursday evening.
I am very glad to have known her well and to have many happy memories of her.
Valerie was full of fun, a raconteur- sometimes so brilliant you cried and an immensely hard working and committed councillor.
She was direct and forthright as a Mancunian can be and a total MU fan.
She loved her G and T and Red wine and good food.
She was committed to environmental issues and introduced the Green Boxes scheme and composting and real nappies as Chair of the Environment Committee and Executive Member.
She was a fair and impartial Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which was recognised nationally for its development.Valerie wanted to get at the truth and mainly did!She was also Deputy Leader of the Council.
Her socialism was unquestionable, she fought hard for her constituents and worked brilliantly with me as part of the team Syon!
Her love of history and reading was often useful in her speeches and her tales.
She loved Labradors and the wildlife in her garden.
She was proud as punch at her daughters nursing career - but probably didn't tell her too many times!
Kate you had a Mum to be proud of - I will miss her very much but treasure my memories of her.She was a good and kind friend.