TRIBUTES were paid today to “an indefatigable fighter for social justice” who lost her battle with cancer.
Cllr Anne McArdle, 66, only stepped down from her post in Wirral Council’s ruling cabinet less than two weeks ago as she battled with poor health.
The Leasowe and Moreton East councillor had previously been a teacher and then schools inspector in Liverpool before becoming Wallasey MP Angela Eagle’s election agent.
She was elected to Wirral Council in 2010, joining the cabinet with responsibility for adult social care.
Ms Eagle said: “I am extremely sad to hear that Anne has lost her long and brave battle against cancer.
“She was an indefatigable fighter for social justice and equality. An activist in Wallasey Labour Party whose endless energy and optimism will be greatly missed.
“Prior to her deserved success in being elected as Labour councillor in Leasowe ward and cabinet member for adult social care and public health, I was fortunate to have Anne as my agent in two Parliamentary elections.
“Her commitment and workload were unmatched. Her sense of humour and resilience kept us all going.
“Wallasey has lost a true champion who relished serving her local community.
“I have lost a loyal and irreplaceable friend.
“My heart goes out to Anne's husband Bill and their two children, Mark and Julie, who are coping with the worst loss.”
Council leader Phil Davies also offered his condolences to Mrs McArdle’s family, and added: “She was a wonderful person who I got to know well through her being a councillor, member of the Labour Party, and latterly in her cabinet role.
“Just on a personal level, Anne was such a nice person and never had a bad word to say about anyone, and we will miss her massively.
“This is a huge loss not just to the Labour group but the whole council.”