Jo Stephenson death: Cumbria County Council 'shocked

Jo Stephenson Image copyright Cumbria County Council
Image caption Jo Stephenson was "committed and passionate"

County councillors in Cumbria have expressed their shock at the death of their deputy leader.

Jo Stephenson suffered a fall at his home three weeks ago, and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

He seemed to be recovering but died on Friday evening after a suspected stroke.

Mr Stephenson, from Windermere, was a leading voice in the Liberal Democrat Party in Cumbria and became deputy leader of the county council in 2013.

Councillor Stewart Young, leader of Cumbria County Council, described him as "a very decent and honourable man".

He said: "We are all enormously shocked by this very sad news."

Fellow Lib Dem cabinet member, councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, said: "Jo was a personal friend as well as a political colleague.

"This is one of the saddest days I have known."

Tim Farron, Lib Dem MP for South Lakes, said: "Jo was a wonderful councillor, colleague and friend. He was committed, passionate and determined.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Hilary and his children at this awfully tragic time. We will miss him terribly."

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