Ron Stockbridge – Labour Leader and Activist RIP

Labour Party

I am very sorry to hear of the death of Lewisham Cllr. Ron Stockbridge. When I lived in Lewisham in the 1980s and 1990s I campaigned with Ron on many issues.

Ron held many positions over his decades of service including leading Lewisham Council from 1984-1985.

Fellow Lewisham councillor Liam Curran has issued this tribute:

R.I.P. Cllr Ron Stockbridge, former leader of Lewisham Council and friend. Ron made the last ten years of routine campaign chores in Bellingham good fun and he was a leafleter of Stakhanovite abilities – still willing in his 8th decade to attempt leaping garden fences and unafraid to take on street hecklers. It was great that, despite his illness, he was able to make the Bellingham Christmas Drinks a few weeks ago.

40 years in politics saw him first elected when Harold Wilson was still in Downing Street and lead Lewisham Council at the height of the ratecapping rebellion in the early 1980s. A Bermondsey boy, who started life in a tenement with shared toilet and washing facilities, he always identified with the poorest and those with the least opportunities. We will miss him. Condolences to Barbara and all his family members.”

I would like to add my condolences.