Aylesbury MP David Lidington has paid tribute to the town’s mayor Steve Patrick, who passed away on Tuesday night.
The Europe minister said: “I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Steve Patrick’s death.
“Steve was a man utterly committed to Aylesbury.
“He put in long hours, often unsung, to make life better for local people.
“And he’d always give of his best, whatever the race, religion or politics of the people concerned.
“My heartfelt and unreserved sympathy goes to his family.”