Death of controversial councillor

CONTROVERSIAL councillor Keith Myers-Hewitt died today after suffering a massive heart attack.Mr Myers-Hewitt died in Cambridge's Addenbrookes Hospital after he had a major operation on Saturday.

CONTROVERSIAL councillor Keith Myers-Hewitt has died after suffering a massive heart attack.

Mr Myers-Hewitt died in Cambridge's Addenbrookes Hospital following a major operation on Saturday.

He had recently resigned from Conservative group in Suffolk County Councillor after an Adjudication Panel decided he had made offensive comments about people from ethnic minorities using computers in Stowmarket library last year.

Mr Myers-Hewitt, who was 74 lived in Stowmarket and was a member of the town council as well as the county council.

His wife Beryl said she believed the stress of trying to clear his name after the racism allegations had played a part in his sudden death.

Mrs Myers- Hewitt of Combs Ford, Stowmarket said: “The last few months did take their toll and he was under a lot of strain.

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“Although the stress may not have been the major factor, it certainly did not help and I'm sure it played some part.

“Following Keith's death, I have resigned from the town council and from the Conservative party because I just don't feel he had the backing he deserved during the tribunal.

“He was the most fabulous husband and father and no one worked harder for the community.

“His love was for the community.”

Jeremy Pembroke, leader of Suffolk County Council said: “We are very saddened to hear the news of Cllr Myers-Hewitt sudden death.

“He did much charitable work, and was committed to representing his community on the county council.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

Bury St Edmunds Conservative Association Chairman Eric Flack said: “The people of Stowmarket have lost a man who dedicated much of his recent life to the benefit of his community.

He gave freely of his time to help others and, being a man of honour and courage, was unafraid to state his firmly-held opinions; even in the face of strong and, sometimes, vociferous opposition, in the belief that they would be for the greater long-term benefit of his constituents.”