Tributes paid to 'passionate' outgoing Sheffield councillor

Councillors paid tribute to a 'passionate' councillor who is stepping down ahead of the local elections in May.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 1:48 pm

Michelle Cook, who was elected Labour representative for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale in 2016, has left the role with immediate effect due to health problems and caring responsibilities.

During a full council meeting, fellow elected representatives gave their thanks and wished her all the best.

Coun Penny Baker, deputy leader of Sheffield Liberal Democrats, said: "People say someone is kind but with Michelle is was something deeper than that - she couldn't be nasty to anybody and she was very caring.

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Coun Michelle Cook has announced she is stepping down with immediate effect due to ill health

"I remember a very charming incident regarding a plaster and a shoe and she was so sweet and so kind and that sort of honesty is something we are really going to miss.

"I hope she's okay and I really, seriously wish her all the best for the future."

Coun Julie Dore, leader of the council, said: "I know Michelle's been thinking long and hard about this decision and I know it's not been easy for her but it also has been easy because anyone who leaves this council - as I know - it's only yourself who can know when the time is right.

"I'm sure she will look back on her time at council with fond memories and will find many of the contributions and activities she's made extremely rewarding.

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"She has made major contributions to the council, party and other avenues she's pursued.

"I wish her all the best and I know, like me, she will still be passionate about making positive change in this world and in our communities."

Coun Kaltum Rivers, fellow representative for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale, said: "She is very passionate and gave this kindness and positivity, she doesn't have a bad bone in her body. I wish her well.

"Broomhill and Sharrow Vale is also the only place with three women representing it at council - which is another mark we made together."

She also read out a letter from Unity Gym Project who gave their thanks for all of her support.