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24th November, 2017.
Westminster Hall, Mr Peter Bone MP
On a sadder note, one of the people who was against the mega-farm was Councillor Glenn Harwood. I am sorry to have to say that Glenn died yesterday of a suspected heart attack. He was one of those local politicians who get so little credit yet do so much. He was in politics not for his own ego but because he wanted to do good in the community. He was a tireless worker for the people of Higham Ferrers. He was a leading supporter of the magnificent Rushden Lakes retail and leisure development. He was an integral part of my listening campaign and turned up to campaign across the constituency week in, week out. He was the excellent deputy leader of East Northamptonshire Council. He was a paratrooper who fought in the Falklands war and was quite rightly awarded the MBE. To his wife Jenny and his family, I send my sincere sympathy. I know he will be sorely missed by all.
Wellingborough Conservative Association, Councillor Andy Mercer
Chairman of Wellingborough Conservatives, Andy Mercer said: "Glenn was a hard-working, public-spirited gentleman. He was a role-model for all young politicians: brave, honest, trustworthy, loyal, intelligent, and ultra reliable. Glenn never shirked a difficult position and never abandonned a friend. He was a "safe pair of hands" and the sort of person who you'd want to cover your back. Glenn still had much to give as a councillor and local politician. He will be sorely missed."
Tribute paid to Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE
Northamptonshire County Council is saddened to announce the sudden death of Councillor Glenn Harwood MBE.
Cllr Harwood was elected to the county council in May this year, representing the Higham Ferrers division. He was also deputy leader of East Northamptonshire District Council and served on Chelveston-cum-Caldecott Parish Council.
The flag outside One Angel Square has been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.
"Fantastic councillor" - County council leader Cllr Heather Smith said: "I am incredibly saddened by the unexpected passing of Cllr Harwood, a fantastic local councillor who was truly committed to representing the people of East Northamptonshire".
"He may have joined Northamptonshire County Council just a few months ago, but he made a real impact in that time and was a popular colleague and councillor".
"On behalf of everyone at the authority, I'd like to pass on my sincere condolences to his family at this difficult time."
"Sorely missed" - Northamptonshire County Council chairman Cllr Dudley Hughes also paid tribute to his friend and colleague.
He said: "Since being elected to the county council, Cllr Harwood was a member of the Environment, Development and Transport Scrutiny Committee, contributing to scrutiny review work as well as work in the committee’s formal meetings".
"Cllr Harwood served in the Royal Signals, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and served as Chairman of the Higham Ferrer’s Branch of the Royal British Legion".
"Always a gentleman, he showed wisdom and thoughtfulness in his contribution to the Council and will be sorely missed".
"On behalf of all members I send my sincere condolences to his family and friends."
Council mourns the loss of a true friend
Councillors and officers at East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) are saddened to learn that Deputy Leader, Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE has passed away.
His friends and colleagues at ENC offer their sincere condolences to Cllr Harwood's family and friends. The district council flag has been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.
Leader of ENC, Cllr Steven North, said: “It is with deep sorrow that I have to issue a statement about the death of my friend and colleague Glenn Harwood. We are stunned by his sudden death and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time".
“I worked with Glenn, for over five years as deputy leader and his knowledge, compassion and sense of humour made him a great friend, colleague and councillor. He was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in and represented the people of East Northamptonshire and, in particular, the ward of Higham Lancaster with passion and a sound sense of public duty".
“Today we mourn the loss of a true friend of this council and of the district of East Northamptonshire.”
Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE
The Parish Council is saddened to announce the sudden death of former Councillor Glenn Harwood MBE.
Glenn was elected to the Parish Council in May 2007 and served until he stood down earlier this year, following his election in May to the Northamptonshire County Council.
He was also deputy leader of East Northamptonshire Council, again having being first elected in May 2007.
Prior to be being elected, he offered that he was "available daily from two minutes past midnight to two minutes before midnight". Certainly during his service on the Council he made good on this offer, and the parish has lost a good and loyal friend.
Town Council mourns the death of a great public servant
It was with great sadness and shock that the Town Council and staff received the news of the death of Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE. Cllr Harwood was the District Councillor for Higham Lancaster Ward and only this year became the County Council for Higham Ferrers. He is pictured with the Mayor at the Remembrance Day Service.
Leader of Higham Ferrers Town Council, Cllr D C Lawson MBE, said "Glenn was by any measurement a great public servant for all of his adult life.
Having served in the army for forty years; enlisting as a15 year old boy entrant and retiring with the rank of Lt/Colonel is some achievement and it speaks volumes that he was not allowed to tell us what his duties were for certain periods of his service. We must draw our own conclusions but there is no doubt that his service to his country was of the highest order.
His service as a councillor began in 2007 when he was elected to represent the Lancaster Ward of Higham Ferrers which ward he continued to represent until his untimely death this week. As expected he served with distinction for 10 years during which time he was elected deputy leader of ENC.
It was in May of this year that he was elected, with a massive majority to represent the Higham Ferrers Division on the County Council, where if time had permitted he would have made a big impact.
Glenn was a courageous man, a man of great integrity and, very importantly, a straight shooter with a strong sense of moral authority.
I know that it has become a cliche but in Glenn's case he really will be missed and will be difficult to replace."
The Town Council offer their sincere condolences to Cllr Harwood's family and friends. The town council flag has been lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.
A Thanksgiving Service in memory of Councillor Glenn Harwood MBE will be held on Tuesday 12 December 2017 at 2pm at St Mary’s Church, Higham Ferrers. A reception at The Bede House will follow after the service. Donations can be made to The Air Ambulance for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland in Glenn’s memory.
Glenn’s funeral will be a private family-only event.