Former chairman of Northamptonshire County Council dies after battle with cancer

Cllr Terry Wire (front), pictured with the rest of the Northampton Borough Council Labour group in 2012
Cllr Terry Wire (front), pictured with the rest of the Northampton Borough Council Labour group in 2012
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Tributes have been paid to an Honorary Alderman of Northamptonshire County Council who has died after a long battle with cancer.

Terry Wire, who represented the St James division on the county council from 1993 to 2009 and was Group Business Manager for the Labour group on the authority until 2009, died this morning (Wednesday, May 14).

He was Chairman of the Council in 2004/05 and, in 2013, was made an Honorary Alderman of Northamptonshire County Council. In 2010, he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the county.

He stepped down as leader of the Labour group on Northampton Borough Council last weekend.

Corby County councillor John McGhee, the Leader of the Labour group on the county council, said: “I am extremely sad to learn of Terry’s passing. He was an outstanding councillor and close friend of mine.

“He dedicated his life to working for people across our county and fought hard to bring about positive changes as a public servant.

“He served with openness and honesty throughout his time on Northamptonshire County Council. It was a real pleasure to work with him.

“As a former Chairman of the County Council, his passing is sad not only for his family and friends, but for the entire Northamptonshire community. He will be missed by many.

“Our thoughts are with (Cllr Wire’s wife) Fran and his family at this sad time.”