Tributes paid across political divides to ‘Battling Bill’

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AN EREWASH councillor who has served local politics for 50 years has died.

Councillors from all parties have paid tribute to independent Cllr Bill Camm who died in hospital last Thursday after suffering a stroke a month ago.

Cllr Camm, 79, had served on local authorities since 1961 and was a member of both Erewash borough and Derbyshire County Council, representing Sawley.

Leader of Erewash Borough Council Cllr Chris Corbett said: “He was a friend as well as a political opponent. A great servant to the people of Sawley, Erewash and Derbyshire. He will be missed by all the very many people he has helped over the last 50 years.

“We will not see the like again. A remarkable man whose heart was in the right place.”

Cllr Howard Griffiths, leader of the Labour group, said: “One of the most popular politicians in Derbyshire, he will be sorely missed by both his colleagues and the people of Long Eaton and Sawley. Rest in peace Battling Bill.”

The former Mayor never lost a local election, building up one of the biggest majorities in the history of Erewash.