Nick Russell was a former councillor in Leytonstone and active campaigner for disability rights.

Nick Russell has died suddenly, aged 45.

Nick Russell has died suddenly, aged 45.

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Tributes have flooded in for a “tireless campaigner”, who died suddenly yesterday of a suspected heart attack.

Nicholas Russell was elected in 2010 as Labour councillor for Cann Hall ward in Leytonstone and held the position for four years.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy council leader and cabinet member for environment, worked with Nicholas over two decades.

In a tribute posted on facebook, he said: “Nick leaves legacies and achievements across some many different agendas and impacting on so many lives and organisations.

“A champion and a fighter; Nick, it was an honour and a privilege to have known you, worked with you and supported you,” he added.

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, tweeted: “extremely shocked and saddened to hear of sudden death of Nicholas Russell.”

“One of Waltham Forest and the Coops most determined advocates.”

Mr Russell was the 6th Earl Russell, being the eldest son of Conrad Russell and Elizabeth Russell.

His grandfather was the famous philosopher and activist Betrand Russell, who, like Nicholas, was a dedicated campaigner for nuclear disarmament.

Mr Russell was an active disability rights campaigner and was himself disabled.

He was campaigns officer for the Royal National Institute of the Blind and a regional board member of the Co-operative Group.

Mr Russell was also a former chair of the Disability Labour and the group’s representative on the party's National Policy Forum, NEC equalities sub-committee and the Socialist Societies executive.

He was a governor for Davies Lane Primary School in Leytonstone, and helped the school secure an outstanding report by Ofsted.

Nicholas lived with his fiancée Georgina in Leytonstone until his sudden death at 45.

Leytonstone Cllr Marie Pye said on twitter: “So sad to hear about the sudden death of Nicholas Russell.  A dedicated campaigner for disabled people.”

Iain McNicol

Iain McNicol, General Secretary of The Labour Party, tweeted: “So sorry to hear about the sudden death of Nicholas Russell.

“A dedicated campaigner for the disabled. Far too young.” 

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12:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cllr Tim Bennett-Goodman says...

This is desperately sad news. Nicholas was a fellow Co-operator (member of the Co-operative Party) and became co Vice-Chair with me of the Transport Liaison Consultative Group. We held our first meeting of the Group together just a month ago so to lose Nicholas now comes as as a great shock, which I know other members of the Group are feeling. His de-selection as a Labour candidate was a great disappointment to Nicholas but he seemed to rally and, as with the Transport Group, threw himself into campaigning with his former gusto. My thoughts go out to Georgina and his family at this sad time
This is desperately sad news. Nicholas was a fellow Co-operator (member of the Co-operative Party) and became co Vice-Chair with me of the Transport Liaison Consultative Group. We held our first meeting of the Group together just a month ago so to lose Nicholas now comes as as a great shock, which I know other members of the Group are feeling. His de-selection as a Labour candidate was a great disappointment to Nicholas but he seemed to rally and, as with the Transport Group, threw himself into campaigning with his former gusto. My thoughts go out to Georgina and his family at this sad time Cllr Tim Bennett-Goodman
  • Score: 11

12:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

leytonite says...

A sad loss to so many important causes both locally and nationally. I met Nicholas through his work as governor at Davies Lane Primary School; its recent Ofsted report of 'Outstanding in every area', is just one of many legacies he leaves behind.
A sad loss to so many important causes both locally and nationally. I met Nicholas through his work as governor at Davies Lane Primary School; its recent Ofsted report of 'Outstanding in every area', is just one of many legacies he leaves behind. leytonite
  • Score: 15

2:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

GlennW says...

Nicholas had been a member of the Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group Executive Committee for around two years, his loss is a great shock to the group, especially coming so soon after the loss of our Vice-Chair, Richard Pout. Nicholas was especially interested in improving access to the disabled on the line, those of the Committee that are left will do our best to continue that campaign, along with the many issues the line's users face.

Any user of the line is welcome to join the Group, see our website for details.

Glenn Wallis
Secretary
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group
www.barking-gospeloa
k.org.uk
@RidingtheGoblin
Nicholas had been a member of the Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group Executive Committee for around two years, his loss is a great shock to the group, especially coming so soon after the loss of our Vice-Chair, Richard Pout. Nicholas was especially interested in improving access to the disabled on the line, those of the Committee that are left will do our best to continue that campaign, along with the many issues the line's users face. Any user of the line is welcome to join the Group, see our website for details. Glenn Wallis Secretary Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group www.barking-gospeloa k.org.uk @RidingtheGoblin GlennW
  • Score: 10

6:23pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Suhail Patel says...

For anyone who is interested John Russell (Nicks brother) has posted an obituary on his website, written by him and his sister Jane Russell. Link below:

pg 1 - http://johnrussell.z
enfolio.com/p5244286
74/h63924c2#h63924c2

pg 2 - http://johnrussell.z
enfolio.com/p5244286
74/h237977f#h237977f
For anyone who is interested John Russell (Nicks brother) has posted an obituary on his website, written by him and his sister Jane Russell. Link below: pg 1 - http://johnrussell.z enfolio.com/p5244286 74/h63924c2#h63924c2 pg 2 - http://johnrussell.z enfolio.com/p5244286 74/h237977f#h237977f Suhail Patel
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

cynicalsue says...

Very sad news as he was very well liked by those hwo knew him. However I am livid at the Labour lot offering their condolences especially as how badly they treated him by deselecting him as Councillor. Shame on you.
Very sad news as he was very well liked by those hwo knew him. However I am livid at the Labour lot offering their condolences especially as how badly they treated him by deselecting him as Councillor. Shame on you. cynicalsue
  • Score: 4

12:05am Tue 19 Aug 14

Don't Give Up says...

I agree with the comments made by cynicalsue. He was deselected by his party because he respected and agreed with the residents he represented in not wanting a proposed library closure the Fuhrer and co. instigated. He was given a dressing down and was never forgiven in daring to go against the Labour Party whip.
How sad that only at his passing do his ex Labour councillor colleagues now pay tribute when they should have given him support when he needed it over his nomination to continue to stand as a councillor for the party he was a member of.
I agree with the comments made by cynicalsue. He was deselected by his party because he respected and agreed with the residents he represented in not wanting a proposed library closure the Fuhrer and co. instigated. He was given a dressing down and was never forgiven in daring to go against the Labour Party whip. How sad that only at his passing do his ex Labour councillor colleagues now pay tribute when they should have given him support when he needed it over his nomination to continue to stand as a councillor for the party he was a member of. Don't Give Up
  • Score: 4

8:09am Tue 19 Aug 14

Ever Watchful says...

Russell had something that politics desperately needs; integrity. You are great loss, RIP.
Russell had something that politics desperately needs; integrity. You are great loss, RIP. Ever Watchful
  • Score: 9

8:28am Tue 19 Aug 14

Megamix says...

Going by some comments made above, just clarifies the publics votes do not count, as councillors are pre-selected, shame on them R.I.P
Going by some comments made above, just clarifies the publics votes do not count, as councillors are pre-selected, shame on them R.I.P Megamix
  • Score: -2

8:48am Tue 19 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Typical back stabbing Labour coming out crawling now, no shame, who knows what stress their behaviour caused this well revered man.

Utter disgrace and a few individuals involved should hang their heads in shame.
Typical back stabbing Labour coming out crawling now, no shame, who knows what stress their behaviour caused this well revered man. Utter disgrace and a few individuals involved should hang their heads in shame. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

9:11am Tue 19 Aug 14

James O'Rourke says...

Far too young for this light to be extinguished.
Typical Labour hypocrisy after deselecting him.
I didn't always agree with Nicholas but, in my opinion, he had the gravitas of Tony Benn.
Far too young for this light to be extinguished. Typical Labour hypocrisy after deselecting him. I didn't always agree with Nicholas but, in my opinion, he had the gravitas of Tony Benn. James O'Rourke
  • Score: -1

9:12am Tue 19 Aug 14

James O'Rourke says...

Megamix wrote:
Going by some comments made above, just clarifies the publics votes do not count, as councillors are pre-selected, shame on them R.I.P
Hence why we need renewal in Waltham Forest.
www.renewwalthamfore
st.co.uk
[quote][p][bold]Megamix[/bold] wrote: Going by some comments made above, just clarifies the publics votes do not count, as councillors are pre-selected, shame on them R.I.P[/p][/quote]Hence why we need renewal in Waltham Forest. www.renewwalthamfore st.co.uk James O'Rourke
  • Score: -6

11:02am Tue 19 Aug 14

Megamix says...

Totally agree with cynicalsue and Don't Give Up, and James O'Rourke maybe when people stop voted Labour and see sense instead of promises that are never kept, Waltham forest will improve. as only certain areas are looked after and those councillors know who they are, shame on them, for not supporting Nicholas.
Totally agree with cynicalsue and Don't Give Up, and James O'Rourke maybe when people stop voted Labour and see sense instead of promises that are never kept, Waltham forest will improve. as only certain areas are looked after and those councillors know who they are, shame on them, for not supporting Nicholas. Megamix
  • Score: -1

11:41am Tue 19 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

James O'Rourke wrote:
Far too young for this light to be extinguished.
Typical Labour hypocrisy after deselecting him.
I didn't always agree with Nicholas but, in my opinion, he had the gravitas of Tony Benn.
Tony Benn. I did not agree with what he said most of the time but you have to admire his resilience and principles. Then again it is easy to spend a lifetime standing up for what you believe in when you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth.

Nicolas achieved much despite his disabilities which admirable but had the rug taken away by scheming plotters.
[quote][p][bold]James O'Rourke[/bold] wrote: Far too young for this light to be extinguished. Typical Labour hypocrisy after deselecting him. I didn't always agree with Nicholas but, in my opinion, he had the gravitas of Tony Benn.[/p][/quote]Tony Benn. I did not agree with what he said most of the time but you have to admire his resilience and principles. Then again it is easy to spend a lifetime standing up for what you believe in when you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Nicolas achieved much despite his disabilities which admirable but had the rug taken away by scheming plotters. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

12:14pm Tue 19 Aug 14

GarethCheeseman says...

Shame on you James O'Rourke for appearing to pay a tribute to well-respected figure while in fact using this forum to plug your own desperate venture.

You are clearly lacking the gravitas and the dignity that everyone rightly attributes to the late Nicholas Russell.
Shame on you James O'Rourke for appearing to pay a tribute to well-respected figure while in fact using this forum to plug your own desperate venture. You are clearly lacking the gravitas and the dignity that everyone rightly attributes to the late Nicholas Russell. GarethCheeseman
  • Score: 13

9:59am Tue 26 Aug 14

musicianmike says...

At the risk of making Cynical Sue even more cynical - Council records show Nicholas Russell voted in favour of the closure of Harrow Green Library.
At the risk of making Cynical Sue even more cynical - Council records show Nicholas Russell voted in favour of the closure of Harrow Green Library. musicianmike
  • Score: 0

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