Former Chiswick Councillor Frank Field dies aged 81

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Former Labour minister was Chiswick Councillor for four years

Former Labour minister Frank Field has died aged 81. As an MP he represented Birkenhead, who made a name for himself campaigning for welfare reform, but before he became an MP in 1979 he was a councillor in Chiswick.

Lord Field was a councillor in the Turnham Green ward on Hounslow Council in 1964 but lost the seat at the 1968 local elections. During his time as a councillor he lived in Dukes Avenue and then Barrowgate Rd.

While he was on the Council, he was appointed as a member of the Children Committee, the Consumer Protection Committee and the Housing Committee.

Lord Field was a minister for welfare reform under Tony Blair’s government and joined the House of Lords in 2020. He announced in 2021 that he was suffering from a terminal illness. He died in a London care home on Tuesday night.

In a statement released by his family they said:

“He will be mourned by admirers across politics but above all he will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to have enjoyed his laughter and friendship.

“Frank was an extraordinary individual who spent his life fighting poverty, injustice and environmental destruction His decency and faith in people’s self-interested altruism made a unique contribution to British politics.”

After Field had resigned as Tony Blair’s minister for welfare reform in 1998, former environment secretary John Gummer said he was “one of the really good men of politics”.

Council Leader pays tribute: “His contributions to Hounslow Council and the wider community have left an indelible mark”

Hounslow Council leader, Shantanu Rajawat said in a statement:

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Lord Field. Lord Field’s dedication to public service, both locally and nationally, leaves behind a legacy of commitment and advocacy that will be remembered for generations to come. His contributions to Hounslow Council and the wider community have left an indelible mark, and he will be missed.”

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