Anne Worsley -2009

Anne Worsley was Chair of Bermondsey & Old Southwark Constituency Labour Party and former councillor. Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Labour Group of councillors, has written a tribute to Anne, below.

I am very sorry to report that Anne Worsley, the Chair of the Bermondsey and Old Southwark Constituency Party and a former Councillor in the borough had died. Anne’s death is a great loss to the Bermondsey and wider Southwark Labour Party. Since taking on the role of Chair last year Anne had thrown herself wholeheartedly into the work of the constituency party and was doing all that she could to encourage greater membership activity. As the Treasurer of the Local Government Committee she was playing a pivotal role in our preparations for the local elections in May 2010. And in so many ways she was giving her time and her resources for the Labour Party.

As a councillor Anne had been the Chair of the Education Committee and served as Deputy Whip. She represented Chaucer Ward between 1994 and 1998 and Consort Ward from 1998 until 2002.

Anne truly immersed herself in the community, whether in her work for her beloved Music School, as a School Governor or in her work for the Party and so many other organisations with which she was involved. She truly gave so much to so many people who will always be in her debt. With so many of her other friends I will miss Anne greatly – her common sense, her enthusiasm, her warmth and her self-effacing style.

Anne truly wanted to see the return of a Labour Council in 2010 in Southwark and the election of a Labour MP in Bermondsey and Old Southwark. So perhaps the greatest tribute we can pay to Anne will be to redouble our efforts to see these aims realised.