Maxine Marie James
I find it hard to articulate the depth of my mourning for Maxine. My thoughts are with her close friends and family at this incredibly difficult time. I only had a few conversations with Maxine but, as the Chair of my branch in Streatham Wells and Chair of Streatham constituency, I was always impressed with her calm ability to deal with difficult meetings in an inclusive and fair way. She was always so rational, common sense and patient. Her commitment to making the world better in everything she did was inspirational. As Chief Whip of Lambeth Council, I am devastated that she will not have the opportunity to become a Councillor. I am sorry for the people of Lambeth who have lost the opportunity to be represented by her and to the Council to benefit from her experience and input. It is unfair that someone who had so much to give should be taken from us so early.