This week saw the passing of Councillor Lynne Hillan, former leader of Barnet Council. Hillan took over from Mike Freer in 2009 to become the first female leader of Barnet Council. She lead the Conservative group on Barnet Council to victory at the Council elections in 2010 increasing the number of Conservative Councillors, taking back Mill Hill ward from the Lib Dems in the process. She stepped down as leader in 2011 due to a battle with cancer, which she lost this week.
Whilst we had our differences over issues of policies and politics, she was robbed of her life at a tragically young age. We have only admiration for her courage in the face of the disease and her fighting spirit. The Barnet Eye passes on our condolences to the family of Councillor Hillan and hopes that she is in a better place, free of the pain, anxiety and discomfort which this terrible disease brings. As a fellow sufferer from the disease, we hope that the time is coming soon, where science will get the better of cancer and the tragic carnage which it causes will become a thing of the past.