Councillor hit by cancer blow

Carol Williams
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a seriously ill Doncaster councillor after it was revealed she will be standing down in May.

Coun Carol Williams has represented Thorne on the authority for the last 12 years.

But now her husband Martin Williams, a fellow Community Group councillor for the ward, has revealed she is seriously ill with liver cancer.

Mr Williams revealed his wife was diagnosed with the illness 10 months ago and had received treatment including chemotherapy.

But he said the outlook was not good.

Mrs Williams, aged 58, was recently admitted to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with serious pain and Mr Williams praised the doctors who had looked after her at the time for the ‘brilliant’ care she received.

He said: “We’ve tried to keep it business as usual and Carol had been pretty good until the last couple of weeks.

“She’s home, but it’s not going to get better.”

Mrs Williams was elected to her Thorne seat in 2009, after the Donnygate expenses scandal had rocked the authority.

Mr Williams said: “Carol has been a popular and hard-working councillor and she has really thrown herself into her job looking after the people of Thorne over the last few years.

“She has tried to do her best with everything she has dealt with over her time on the council. I think she has been a feisty and hard-battling councillor for her community.

“We are still here to serve the community, and we want to make it clear to anyone with any problems that we still welcome your calls. We want to treat it as business as usual.”

Mrs Williams had been due to stand for re-election in May.