South Gloucestershire Council’s former Leader passes away

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Former South Gloucestershire Council Leader, and former Chair of Council, Alderman Ruth Davis has sadly died.

Ruth, who was from Yate in South Gloucestershire, passed away on 2 December following a short illness.

Ruth was a prominent figure within local government, serving as a local councillor between 1991 and 2023. She represented the Yate Central ward and was Leader of South Gloucestershire Council between 2005 and 2007, and then Chair of Council in 2021/22.

She led the Liberal Democrat Group for 13 years and supported a strong theme of partnership working during her time as a councillor.

Ruth was one of the founder members of South Gloucestershire Council following its inception in 1996 and was awarded the title of Honorary Alderman in July this year, in recognition of her outstanding service.

Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Councillor Claire Young said: “Ruth made a huge contribution to our communities over the 32 years she served as a councillor, including as Leader and as Chair. She was always incredibly generous when it came to helping others and I know many of us will greatly miss her friendship and wise counsel. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Co-Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Councillor Ian Boulton said: “Ruth epitomised the way we have long tried to work in South Gloucestershire as someone who worked for the benefit of our community regardless of any political differences. She encouraged, supported and provided respected advice to many of us and, while we have lost a political opponent, we have also lost a friend. The Labour Group send our condolences to all who loved and will miss Ruth.”

Leader of the Conservative Group, Councillor Sam Bromiley said: “I’m very sorry to hear of the death of Ruth. She was a very able and hard working councillor and former Leader of the Council, and was respected by colleagues from all parties and by members of the wider community. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.”