Long-standing Labour Councillor and trade unionist Reg Edwards passed away on the 25th February.
Reg, who represented the Eaton Manor Ward until 2014, was exceptionally well known in Bletchley where he lived for many years. He was a train driver and a long standing NUR (now RMT) activist.
Cllr Nigel Long said:“Reg was renowned for his socialist principles and was a terrific negotiator with an amazing grasp for detail. He always did his groundwork.”
He added: “On the Council he was excellent in leading the review of staff pay and terms and conditions and led the work on the unification of pay etc after the creation of the Unitary authority in 1996.
He worked very closely with the unions to oppose council privatisation and was always very strong on council housing. I first met him when I was campaigning for council housing before I was a councillor. He was very supportive.
Reg was also a very sociable and down to earth person who represented the Lakes Estate and Water Eaton areas well for many years. He knew an enormous number of people. He took up a vast amount on casework over his time on the Council.”
He concluded: “His principles and character will be sadly missed. He will be sadly missed. A great comrade.”
Our thoughts are with Reg’s family and friends at this sad time and we express our gratitude for his long service.