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Councillor passes away after brave six-year battle with cancer
9:52pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
DIANA Hale, a ward councillor for Stifford Clays and key member of the Thurrock community for more than two decades, has passed away.
The Labour councillor, who was 66, had been fighting breast cancer since first contracting it in 2007 and was diagnosed with secondary councillor in 2011.
She sadly died on Thursday.
Ms Hale - a community champion - who lived in Connaught Avenue, Grays, was principal at the Thurrock Adult Community College from 1997 until 2011 and served as the council's education portfolio holder between 2007 and 2011. She was also chairman of the Davy Down Trust.
She also served as a non-executive director on the Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust between 1997 and 2001, then again between 2002 and 2005.
Last October, Labour leader Ed Miliband presented Ms Hale with a merit award for outstanding service to the party at its conference.
She was first elected as a councillor in 1988, representing Grays North. The veteran councillor then served in Stanford-Le-Hope until 1997, when she was forced to resign due to her becoming Thurrock Community College principal.
Ms Hale returned as a councillor in 2007 representing Stifford Clays. This year, she was chairman of the children's services overview and scrutiny committee.
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