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Hillan dies after cancer fight

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Former Barnet LBC leader Lynne Hillan has died following a battle with cancer.

Cllr Hillan (Con) became Barnet’s first female leader in December 2009 and resigned in May 2011 after becoming ill, though she remained a councillor.

She had represented the Brunswick Park ward for 14 years and previously held cabinet portfolios for leisure and youth, children and education, policy and performance, adult social services and resources. Cllr Hillan had also chaired the London Boroughs’ Grants Scheme.

Her successor Richard Cornelius (Con) said: “Lynne had been ill for some time but fought her illness bravely and remained alert until the last moment.

“Her commitment to her colleagues, the council and people of Barnet will long be remembered. She always put herself in the position of the resident whose life was being affected by any proposed change and the taxpayer who was picking up the bill.”

Teresa O’Neill, the Conservative group leader at London Councils said: “Lynne was a remarkable woman, and an influential voice in London politics.” 

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