Jo Stephenson

Jo Stephenson’s funeral is today. I don’t like funerals, but I guess only very few people do. 

Jo had a hard time of late and its a shame he isn’t around to carry on fighting, as I’m sure he could. Some may feel guilty at this considering his sudden departure, but I don’t think Jo will have held it against you in the end.

I remember the day I met Jo and the last day I saw him, there are few people in my life who commend the same stature in my mind. Thinking of the best moments I spent with him two instantly spring to mind: Firstly when he eloquently and quietly attacked my shadow budget earlier this year in the Council chamber(including that he thought id be UKIP by next year) and secondly when I received a letter of thanks from him for my support in May 2011(when i was standing against him!).

Despite being rivals we always had time to talk and shake hands and we never had a bad word between us. It is a shame he is no longer with us. Rest in peace.

 

One Comment

  1. Thanks Ben, it was good to see you there today and the service reminded me that there is another dimension outside politics.

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