Today we learnt that our friend, Lily Jayne Summers has passed away. An incredibly talented, brave and determined young woman, Lily has been an inspiration to everyone who was fortunate enough to get to know her whether that was in Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea or online. She has been taken from us too soon.
Lily was passionate about people and about the ideas that can change their lives for the better. She was determined to fight for a better world and she did that through the Labour Party. Her commitment to our community and to the ongoing fight for a Labour Government driving real change will be her legacy.
Personally I will miss her intellect, her kindness and her support. Lily was one of the first people to endorse me as the Labour candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North & Kidsgrove, she campaigned tirelessly with me during last year’s election campaign and volunteered in my office this summer.
But much more importantly she was our Lily. She was part of the family – my Labour family. She challenged me when she didn’t agree but defended both the party and local politicians with gusto. There was simply no messing with Lily. It was such an honour to see her gaining confidence and strength as she settled into University at Swansea, she was happy and that was a delight for everyone who cared about her.
Many will speak of her fearlessness both personally and politically and whilst the world is a lesser place without her, she made her mark in the short time in a way very few will accomplish. We were lucky to know her. A blogger, a campaigner, a fighter and a friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with her mum Deborah, her family and friends. She will remain in our hearts.
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