Tributes paid to former Hackney councillor Eddie Barns
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Tributes have been paid to a former Hackney councillor who has died after a long illness.
Eddie Barns, a former Springfield and Leabridge Ward councillor, has died aged 63 at his home in Kent.
Friend Patrick McGlynn, 50, described him as a fierce campaigner for the downtrodden and disadvantaged, adding: “Eddie is missed terribly by his many friends and family.
“He was a man of strong principles and he put them into action; resisting savage cuts to services during Margaret Thatcher’s tenure, founding and running an incapacity action group and working with vulnerable newcomers to Britain.
“Eddie was also a kind-hearted and generous friend who loved nothing better than to travel the world and meet people of all walks of life.”
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Mr McGlynn added that his friend, who died on March 1, was a lifelong West Ham fan and a good footballer and tennis player.
A funeral will be held today at 3.20pm at South Essex Crematorium in Upminster, Essex.
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