Annandale councillor Ted Brown's death shocks council
Tributes have been paid to a Labour councillor who died in hospital after collapsing at a council meeting.
Ted Brown, 62, took ill at the start of Dumfries and Galloway Council's planning, housing and environment services committee on Tuesday.
He died a short while later after being taken to Dumfries Infirmary.
Labour group leader Ronnie Nicholson said everyone was "deeply shocked" by the death of a "very dedicated" councillor.
"He was passionate about getting involved in the community and was instrumental in restarting Lockerbie Community Council," said Mr Nicholson.
"He had an eye for detail and will be sorely missed as a member of the Labour group.
"Our thoughts are very much with his wife Raj and daughters Marissa and Kristelle who are understandably devastated."
Council leader Ivor Hyslop said everyone was saddened by the death of a "lovely man".
"He was a councillor that worked tirelessly for the causes he was passionate about such as Lockerbie Trust and Lockerbie Town Hall," he added.
"Ted will be greatly missed as a member of Dumfries and Galloway Council - our thoughts are with his family at this time."
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray described it as "terrible news".
"I have known and campaigned alongside Ted for years and considered him a friend," she said.
"We work as a close-knit team in Dumfries and Galloway and he will be greatly missed.
"He was a champion of local causes and it was a privilege to have worked alongside him."
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown also paid tribute to a man who could "always be counted on to stand up for people in need".
"As chairman of the local constituency party Ted was unstinting in his dedication to the Labour Party," he said.
"He was a well-known figure throughout the area and his loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him."
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell said that despite their political differences he "deeply respected" Mr Brown.
"I was deeply saddened and shocked by his death, and my thoughts go to his family and friends at this time," he said.
"Ted will be sorely missed by people across Annandale and beyond, and in particular the people of Lockerbie where he was such an active and passionate figure in the community."
All council business has been cancelled for the rest of this week as a mark of respect.