North Tyneside Councillor Carole Burdis has sadly passed away.
Councillor Burdis had been a Labour councillor in the Borough since 1992, most recently representing the Valley ward.
Speaking following the tragic news, the Elected Mayor for North Tyneside, Dame Norma Redfearn DBE, said,
“This is incredibly sad news, my thoughts go out to Carole’s friends and family, particularly her loving husband Brian, her children, and grandchildren.
“Carole represented the people of North Tyneside for over 30 years, she has shown incredible passion, care and respect for all of our residents, communities and businesses throughout this lengthy political career.
“She was a close friend, providing me with support throughout the years, she is well liked and respected across the whole of the North East.
“She leaves a lasting, positive legacy on communities in our Borough and has made a real difference for families for over three decades of public service.
“She will be missed by members from all sides of the Chamber”
Carole was first elected in 1992 to represent the Holystone ward and then to represent Valley ward in 1996 – a position she has held since.
Cllr Burdis has held several high profile political and civic positions in North Tyneside during her career, including being the Civic Mayor in 2001 – 2002 and several cabinet positions, including most recently Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection.
Carole leaves behind a family, her husband Brian, who is a fellow North Tyneside Councillor and current Chair of Council. They met whilst on the campaign trail together in Valley ward and keeping it in the Borough, they married in 2013 at a special ceremony at Wallsend Hall.
Carole held regional positions in the North East, including on the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Board and the Port of Tyne.
Outside of politics Carole worked for Unison until her retirement and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
A minute’s silence will be held before North Tyneside Council’s full Council meeting this Thursday, 18 January, to remember Councillor Burdis.