Tributes have been paid to "committed and compassionate" Adur councill…

Tributes have been paid to "committed and compassionate" Adur councillor Les Alden who has sadly passed away after a short illness.

Leading representatives from Adur District Council moved quickly to pay tribute to the Labour member, who was elected to represent Eastbrook ward in May 2016.

As a sign of respect, the flag at the Shoreham Centre was flown at half mast yesterday.

Council leader Neil Parkin said: "This is an extremely sad day for the Adur district. While we did not always agree politically, there's no doubt that Les was a committed and compassionate councillor who worked hard to represent the views of his residents. He was a worthy adversary and I will miss his mischievous smile which he often displayed in the council chamber.

"I want to pay tribute to him and send condolences on behalf of the whole council to his family at this time."

Les worked at a chemist for South Eastern Gas, moving into Management Services and then to London Council computer department.

He was a Labour councillor in London for 23 years before moving to the south coast in 2015.

Les was elected to represent Eastbrook shortly after and became leader of the Labour group on the authority before stepping down late last year.

He was also made an MBE in 2015 for services to the community in Southwark, London.

Cllr George Barton, Chairman of Adur District Council, said: "Les was a caring and passionate individual who I got to know extremely well in a personal and professional capacity. He was committed to supporting people, particularly when it came to housing, and I know all councillors will join me in sending condolences to his family."

Cllr Lee Cowen, Leader of the Labour Group on Adur District Council, said: "I'm distraught on hearing this sad news. Firstly, I'd like to extend my best wishes to Pat and the family. Les was someone who passionately believed in Labour Party values, like no one I've ever met before. Socialism was in his core and he dedicated his life to public service. On a personal level he was my mentor and someone who believed in me. I will miss him greatly. Rest in peace my friend."