Councillors mourn for former mayor

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A former mayor known as the “gentleman of politics” has died in his eighties.

Edward Ellis was a Conservative councillor for many years and famed for earning the respect of both the opposition parties.

He was made an Alderman of Milton Keynes when he stepped down from being a councillor.

In his acceptance speech in the council chamber he famously referred to the fact that he never viewed the opposition “as though they had two horns and a tail”.

Former Tory colleague Andrew Geary said: “Edward was a true gentleman. He was a very distinguished and well-liked councillor who commanded respect from all sides.”

Mr Ellis lived for much of his life in Emberton and for many years wrote a newspaper column for the Citizen about village news.

His reports were meticulously written, with never a comma out of place or a word spelt wrongly.

He was a stalwart of all Saints Church in Emberton, where he was a former church warden.

He was also a choir tenor for 20 years.

Mr Ellis was elected to the council in 1987 on the very same day as veteran councillor Brian White, who went on to become a Labour MP.

Despite their political differences the pair were pals, and MP Brian later took Mr Ellis and his wife Caroline around the House of Commons for a visit.

“They were two of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet,” he said.

“Edward was somebody you always listened to and, though you may disagree politically with way he was saying, you couldn’t help respect him and the polite way in which he could put forward his point of view.

“Other politicians these days would do well if they emulated Edward Ellis.

“He will be a real loss for Milton Keynes and particularly the community in Emberton.”

Mr Ellis had suffered ill health for some time but continued to take a keen interest in village matters.