Breaking news: Shock as “respected” borough councillor Stephen Moon dies

Cllr Stephen Moon. Image: Bedford Conservative Group/LDRS
Cllr Stephen Moon. Image: Bedford Conservative Group/LDRS

Cllr Stephen Moon, the former Bedford Borough Conservative Group Leader and current councillor for Great Barford Ward has died aged 77.

The announcement was made this afternoon by Bedford Borough Conservative Group Leader, Graeme Coombes who said all were “extremely saddened at the passing of such a valued friend and respected colleague”.

Cllr Moon passed away last night, the cause of death is currently unknown.

Stephen Moon had served on Bedford Borough Council since 2011 and in addition to his role as Group Leader from 2013 to 2019, had more recently been Chair of the Budget Scrutiny Committee.

He also served a term as a Councillor on the London Borough of Camden in the 1980s.

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“Stephen led the Group with distinction during his time as Leader, with a natural flair and a no-nonsense sense of responsibility, added Cllr Coombes.

“His sharp mind and forensic ability to grasp the small details, were self-evident whenever discussing the Council’s finances.

“His detailed knowledge of planning and in particular the Local Plan, was well valued by his Conservative colleagues. He respected greatly the residents he represented, and in turn they appreciated his support on many issues.

“Stephen was very much looking forward to standing again to serve the people of Great Barford ward at the Local Elections in May, and took his responsibilities as a ward Councillor seriously.

“Stephen had a great sense of humour and was always available for a few words of advice when needed.

“I shall miss his wise counsel and sharp wit and the Conservative Group has lost a true friend. Our condolences go to his wife, Martine, his two sons and his wider family and friends.

Conservative MP for North East Bedfordshire, Richard Fuller also paid tribute.

“Stephen Moon was a smart, ethical and socially minded man that I was fortunate to know as a friend for many years. He combined a forensic attention to detail in any discussion with a dry wit and a great sense of fun,” he said.

“I will miss his counsel and his ease with dealing with the stresses of modern times. My thoughts, love and prayers are with Stephen’s family.”

Bedford’s elected mayor, Dave Hodson (Liberal Democrats) also spoke highly of Cllr Moon. In a statement on Twitter, he said: “Stephen was a talented councillor who always conducted himself on the Council with great dignity and politeness to everyone.

“The Council will miss his thoughtful and informed contributions. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”

Labour Group Leader Sue Oliver added, “we send our condolences to Stephen’s family, friends and his Conservative Group colleagues, this was a shock to all of us.

“Whilst of course disagreeing on some issues politically, we all had a lot of respect for him.

“Stephen was a very intelligent, thoughtful and methodical person, which made his contribution to the many council committees he served on a valuable one. He will be missed.”