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Tributes to former Oxford mayor

Maureen Christian (photo courtesy of Oxford City Council)
Maureen Christian (photo courtesy of Oxford City Council)

Councillors in Oxfordshire have been paying tribute to an Oxford City councillor who died last night.

Maureen Christian, the Labour member for Headington and Northway, was Lord Mayor of Oxford between 2000 and 2001.

"She had a great humanity and sense of humour. This is a huge loss to the city and personally, I'll miss her," said opposition leader Cllr David Rundell.

Maureen Christian passed away after a short illness at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

Labour councillor Colin Cook said he remembered her with fondness.

"When I first joined the council, she really took me under her wing," he said.

"Politically too, she was a great support, throughout our time working together."

Maureen Christian was a councillor for 19 years. She gave planning permission for a number of buildings, including the Islamic Centre in Marston Road.

Cllr John Tanner said, "Maureen was an outstanding Labour councillor who hugely improved Oxford's built environment."

"She was a great advocate for human rights and cared passionately about Oxford and Oxford people"

She leaves a son John and a daughter Louise. Her husband Professor Jack Christian died in 2001 aged 73. Their son Tim died some years before.

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