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Mayor of Lambeth, Mark Bennett

Message from Robert Hill, Carers Support Worker at Lambeth Mencap -

"It is with great regret telling you that Cllr Mark Bennett, the Mayor of Lambeth, died yesterday morning of a suspected heart attack at only 43 years of age.

Many of you will have met Mark at many Carers’ events in 2012/13  when he attended as Deputy Mayor and in 2013/14  when he attended as Mayor.

Apart from being Mayor, Mark was also a very good personal friend and I will miss him dreadfully, as will many others. He was a very likeable guy with a great, if dry sense of humour, and was never too busy to listen to someone’s story.

He carried out his role as Mayor to the full and had a genuine concern for those living in Lambeth. He was not shy of riding camels while dressed in a boater hat and striped jacket at the Country Show or dressing up in a kilt at the fundraiser I did with him last St. Andrew’s Day in November where we raised money for Lambeth Foodbanks.

Mark has been a councillor in Lambeth since 2006 and held a couple of cabinet positions, and before that worked at 10 Downing Street. He then went from No.10 to work with Alastair Campbell and was co-editor of The Blair Years, Alastair Campbell’s diaries, and continued to edit further volumes until his death. (see Alastair Campbell’s tribute here: http://www.alastaircampbell.org/blog/2014/02/04/a-tribute-to-mark-bennett-staff-member-who-became-a-friend/ )

I could go on at length, but many others do tributes much better than I can, so I will leave it to them.

I will let people know of funeral and arrangements in due course. A book of condolence has been opened at Lambeth Town Hall.

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