THAME: Council leader passes away

Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council Ann Ducker, who died recently after a short illness
Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council Ann Ducker, who died recently after a short illness

The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council has died following a short illness.

Ann Ducker MBE, 71, passed away on Sunday September 21 after serving 32 consecutive years as a councillor.

She had been leader of the council since 2003 and earlier chaired the council for two years during the 1990s.

In 2008, Ann was shortlisted as a potential Conservative Party candidate for the Henley parliamentary seat.

She narrowly lost out to standing MP John Howell.

Chairman of the council Ann Midwinter said: “The news of Ann’s death brings huge sadness to everyone at the council.

“She has been an exemplary public servant for many years, always putting the interests of residents above party politics.

“Her MBE awarded in 2010 for services to local government was fully merited and brought great pleasure not just to me but all councillors, friend and foe.

“I will miss her determination at all times to do her best for the people of South Oxfordshire.

“She will be sorely missed by all of us.”