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Community and political stalwart dies aged 91

Created on 26/04/2018 @ 13:33
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Lady Hooson, a prominent Montgomeryshire politcial and community figure has died.

Lady Shirley Hooson, 91, from Llanidloes, had been a councillor and political campaigner in Montgomeryshire for decades.

Along with her late husband, Lord Emlyn Hooson a former Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire, she championed issues that affected people in the area as well as on her doorstep in Llanidloes.

She had been a vice chairman of the former Montgomeryshire District Council as well as being a member of Llanidloes Town Council for many years.

Tributes have been paid from across the political divide, including current MP for Montgomeryshire, Glyn Davies, who said despite their political differences they were good friends.

Her husband, Lord Hooson, had been a top judge before he passed away. When he was a barrister he had represented Ian Brady, one of the Moor murderers, at his trial in the 1960s.

Mr Davies said: “I first met Shirley Hooson when we were both elected to Montgomeryshire District Council over 40 years ago. She was as determinedly ‘Llanidloes’ as I was determinedly Berriew’, which meant it took a while for us to get used to each other. When I became Chairman, Shirley became my Vice Chairman. Our stubbornness meant we disagreed sometimes, but soon became good friends, and remained so until she died. To me she was like family.
“Lady Hooson, and her great late husband Emlyn, were wonderful people who gave their lives to Llanidloes and Montgomeryshire. I will always treasure memories of joining her in visiting Emlyn towards the end of his life. She was a key support to him throughout his hugely successful political career.  Over the last three years, after she had lost her ability to speak, I valued meeting her more than ever. We simply did not need words to communicate.
“Llanidloes and Montgomeryshire has lost one of its greatest ever champions.”

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