Former Leighton-Linslade mayor Frank Parker dies

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Former Mayor of Leight0n-Linslade, Frank Parker, who was an active member of the local peace campaign, died last Monday (April 28).

Mr Parker, who was mayor in 1995-96, represented both the town and district councils for the Labour Party in the mid 1990s. For several years he was the chairman of Leighton-Linslade Labour Party.

He was a long-time and active member of CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – and served as the body’s national treasurer in the late 1980s. He also helped to set up the Committee to Stop War in the Gulf in the summer of 1990 to campaign against a military attack on Iraq.

Frank died in the Lister Hospital, Stevenage, following a cardiac arrest. He was 72 years old and is survived by his wife, Diane, and his children, Simon and Johanna, from his earlier marriage.

A fellow South Beds District Councillor of the time, John Walden, said: “Frank was committed to the ideals of the Labour Party and to making life better for local residents. He worked tirelessly for peace and social justice.”

Andrew Date, who was leader of the Labour group on South Beds District Council for 12 years, added: “Frank was a pacifist but was rarely peaceful for the causes in which he believed in. He was a strong advocate for the local community and enormously proud to represent the town as mayor.

“He was a stalwart in the local Labour party as well. He was a campaigner who stuck with causes he believed in, most notably nuclear disarmament which he argued for as often as he could.”

> Mr Parker’s funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Saturday, May 10 at Harwood Park Crematorium near Stevenage.