I learned of the passing of Paul Scott, my friend and colleague, with profound sadness.
Many local people will be aware that Paul was not only my Constituency Support Manager, but also a County Councillor for Seghill and Seaton Delaval, a position he was proud to accept just last year. Paul had a particular passion for local politics, and he was a well-known figure in the Blyth Valley political scene. He was driven by an intense desire to try to improve our local area for everyone.
Paul was a well-loved and respected member of the team and all of us will always remember his energy, drive and very mischievous sense of humour. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.
Both Maureen and I would like to send my personal thoughts and condolences to his wife, his daughter and his son. Our loss is nothing compared to theirs, and they are forever in our thoughts.