Liberal Democrats from Bath and from across the UK have been paying tribute to David Bellotti, who died on 10 June 2015.
Katie Hall, who was David’s ward colleague in Lyncombe over the last four years, said:
“I'll treasure the last four years working with David Bellotti. I respected him enormously, and we were great friends and colleagues. We put the world to rights over many cups of coffee, but we also worked hard, always aiming to do our best for our community. I learned a lot from him. He was kind, generous and had a never-ending stock of stories.
Don Foster said:
“David will be remembered, rightly, for being the first ever Liberal Democrat MP and for his major role helping the people and businesses of B&NES weather the recent economic crisis. As a Cabinet Member on the Council, he oversaw the major economic developments from which we are all now benefitting.
“I will also remember him for his crucial role within the local Liberal Democrat Party, helping ensure our general election successes in 2005 and 2010. I will miss his wise counsel, his passion for football and his mischievous sense of fun.”
Councillor Paul Crossley, who was Leader of the Council over the last four years while David was Cabinet member for Community Resources, said:
"David and I first became friends when he and his family arrived in Bath over a decade ago. Since then we became great friends and it has been a privilege working with him on campaigns, developing Liberalism, solving issues for people, conferences and running the council.
"And then there was also the social side of life - watching football at Twerton or drinking a coffee at one of the many local coffee shops in Bath. David RIP, but while you remain in our hearts and minds, then you are still with us."
Former Liberal Democrat Party Leader Paddy Ashdown, who was Leader when David was MP for Eastbourne, said:
"David Bellotti's famous by-election win in Eastbourne in 1990 was a massive boost for the Liberal Democrats. He's continued to serve the cause of liberalism with all his heart since. I know from my regular trips to Bath just how much he has done for the city. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family."