Bob Kerslake, the previous head of the civil service, has died aged 68, his sister has confirmed.
Posting an image on Twitter, Ros Kerslake stated her brother had died on Saturday after « a brief battle » with most cancers, including: « We’re all devastated.
« I do know he might be a lot missed by everybody, however most of all by his household. »
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Lord Kerslake held a quantity senior roles in native authorities, together with as chief government of the London Borough of Hounslow and later Sheffield Metropolis Council – the fourth largest authority in England.
He then took up a publish because the chief government of the Houses and Communities Company, the nationwide housing and regeneration company for England, earlier than turning into the everlasting secretary on the Division for Communities and Native Authorities in 2010.
He went on to be the top of the civil service in January 2012 and served till September 2014, earlier than being ennobled in 2015, serving as a crossbench peer within the Home of Lords till his loss of life.
Lord Kerslake led the inquiry into the Manchester Enviornment bombing, the place 22 folks misplaced their lives in 2017.
And he was an outspoken commentator on points from well being service funding via to occasion politics.
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Former colleagues and politicians have paid tribute to Lord Kerslake on Twitter, with Labour’s deputy chief, Angela Rayner, describing him as « a great, sort and principled man, beneficiant together with his time and filled with knowledge ».
Shadow setting secretary Jim McMahon additionally referred to as him « a massively devoted public servant » whose « quiet however agency authority garnered help throughout the political spectrum ».
And London mayor Sadiq Khan added: « His kindness and dedication to bettering our metropolis and nation will all the time be remembered. »
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