In tribute to Councillor Sue Murphy


Sue Murphy, who died yesterday, was a local Councillor for 25 years, and Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council for the last 10. A Chorlton resident, she was a much loved member of the south Manchester community.

Jeff Smith said

“I’ve known Sue for three decades, and worked closely with her for many years while a member of the City Council. She was a remarkable public servant, and a wonderful person. Her commitment to social justice ran through everything she did for the Labour Party and for Manchester people. Like everyone in the Labour Party in Manchester, I’m devastated at her loss.

I always valued her advice, support and friendship as a Councillor and more recently as MP.  We’ll all miss her compassion, dedication, loyalty, good judgement and wit. She was someone you could always rely on for good advice and a kind word.

Sue was an outstanding public servant – not only as Deputy Leader of the Council, but in the other roles she fulfilled; as Chair of Governors at Manchester College, as a much respected representative of Manchester on national local government organisations, and locally as a supporter of  community organisations. The CBE she was awarded in 2015 was a fitting tribute to her outstanding service.

She will be hugely missed by everyone who knew her, and all our thoughts and best wishes are with her husband Paul, her friends and her family.”

An online book of condolence has been opened by Manchester City Council.

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