Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler dies

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Sheffield councillor Isobel Bowler has died.

News has broken this afternoon that the Labour councillor for Mosborough and mum-of-one has died after a battle with cancer.

Coun Bowler had been responsible for parks and green spaces, library services and cohesion and community safety in her role as cabinet member for Neighbourhoods.

She was also the chair of the Police and Crime Panel for South Yorkshire.

The Oxford University graduate, aged in her early 50s, was diagnosed with cancer in autumn 2015 and was treated with chemotherapy.

Isobel was married to husband Richard Taylor and was mum to teenage daughter Mary.

Fellow Sheffield councillor Jack Scott led the tributes. He said: “She was always so warm and friendly. I have never met anyone with a bad word to say about her.

“She was so smart and so sassy. If you ever had a rough time, she would put her arm around you and tell you ‘it will be all right’.

“She was an amazing inspiration, especially to women. She was both energetic and approachable, so clever, but never arrogant.

“Across all parties, people liked working with her. She was a real Sheffield gem and will be greatly missed by all.”

Simon Landau said: “A terrible shame. Isobel Bowler was one of our most talented and contributed so much in such a short time.”

Fellow councillor George Lindars Hammond said: “Devastating to hear of Isobel Bowler’s death. She was amazingly friendly, funny and talented and so kind to me when I was new in Sheffield.”

Coun Bowler was Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council.

University of Sheffield’s head of architecture Fionn Stevenson said: “This is absolutely tragic - Isobel was a beacon for culture in Sheffield. Huge loss!”

Gleadless Valley councillor Chris Peace added: “Incredibly sad that Isobel Bowler has passed away. She was my mentor when I was first elected. A lovely woman and inspiration to so many.”