SEDGEMOOR is in mourning after losing one of its best known political figures.

Roger Lavers, 66, leader of the Sedgemoor District Labour Party, died of a brain hemorrhage at his home in Woolavington on Saturday.

Mr Lavers was a district councillor in Victoria Ward, Bridgwater, and later Woolavington, as well as previously being a county councillor.

He also served as Mayor of Bridgwater from 1999 to 2000 and stood as a Labour Parliamentary candidate for the town at the 1997 General Election.

His wife Christine told the Mercury she had received many phone calls offering condolences since his death.

She said: “He didn't do his job for recognition - he really cared about people - and that's why he was appreciated.

“He was a very caring person who will be greatly missed.”

Acting Labour leader Kathy Pearce added: “Roger will be missed by many of us personally, but his death will be a huge loss to the Bridgwater Labour Party and the Sedgemoor District Labour Group, in particular.”

Kerry Rickards, chief executive of Sedgemoor District Council, added: “Everybody at the council is deeply shocked.

“Roger was one of the most effective scrutinisers, holding the council to account, and he will be sorely missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Christine and family.”

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