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Tributes to 'dedicated' councillor who died after testing positive for COVID-19

David Lee

Tributes paid to Slough councillor after she dies with coronavirus

The council has paid tribute to ‘dedicated’ councillor Shabnum Sadiq after she died having tested positive for coronavirus.

Cllr Sadiq was on a trip to Pakistan when she fell ill with COVID-19 and died today (Monday) following complications from the virus. 

She was elected to Wexham Lea ward in May 2016 and served on various council committees and was, for a time, lead member for education and children’s services.

Cllr James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “This is very shocking for all of us and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Shabnum was a dedicated councillor and despite only being in her first term, she had made a contribution far beyond the years she’d spent in the council chamber.

“We worked together closely and personally I will miss her very deeply. This is a significant loss for the council and the town, but is nothing compared to the loss her family, close friends and community are feeling right now.

“This has brought home to us that not only is this virus something we have to deal with as a town, but also personally; through our work, through our actions and through our grief for those it has taken.

“Behind every statistic about this virus is a family ripped apart and there is no starker example of that, to us in the council, than to lose one of our colleagues.

“May she rest in peace and her family find comfort in the love she had for them all.”

Cllr Fiza Matloob (Lab, Baylis and Stoke) told the Express: “Shabnum really loved the town and would always be the first to defend Slough if anyone had a bad word to say.”

Councillor Sadiq is survived by her husband and five children.

The flags at Observatory House and St Martins Place are flying at half mast as a sign of respect.  

Slough MP Tan Dhesi said he was 'shocked and saddened' about the news of Cllr Sadiq's death.

"She made a huge contribution to local life and had so much to offer our community. 

"My heartfelt condolences to her husband, young children and family. She'll be greatly missed."

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