Remembering Claire Kelley

Tributes have been paid to local Liberal Democrat politician and community activist, Claire Kelley, who passed away from cancer last month at Saint Michael's Hospice.

Claire was active in local politics for over 20 years and worked as a senior caseworker for former Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Lord Phil Willis. 

She had previously won seats on both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council and, in 2010, stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate to replace Phil Willis when he retired as MP, eventually losing out by a mere 1,039 votes.

She also took on other roles in the local community including as a governor at Oatlands Infant School, chair of governors at St Aidan’s, and chairing the trust board when the Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust was established.

During the 2010 General Election campaign, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successful radiotherapy treatment, Claire returned to work, taking up a post in the office of Leeds North MP Greg Mulholland.

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