Tributes to warm and inspiring Rose

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A former Labour Party supporter and councillor has died aged 51.

Rose Newman-Thompson married her husband Richard in 1995 soon after they were both elected to Lancaster City Council - Rose in John o’Gaunt ward, which Richard currently represents.

Rose was nominated as prospective Parliamentary Labour candidate for Lancaster and Wyre at the 1997 General Election but lost to Hilton Dawson, who became MP.

Rose met Richard Thompson in Southampton.

They moved to Morecambe in 1992, Rose studying for a PhD in social work at the University of Central Lancashire, where she also became a lecturer, and Richard undertaking an MA degree in contemporary theatre practice at Lancaster University.

After becoming ill, Rose was a volunteer with Animal Care and later Wolfwood animal welfare charity, where she helped to look after rescue horses. She helped to nurse her mother, Hazel, in the last years of her life.

Rose, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last August, leaves her husband Richard, who is also Lancashire county councillor for Lancaster East, father Julian and brother Charley.

Richard said: “Everyone who met Rose knew her to be a warm, happy and optimistic person. She remained positive and strong and inspired everybody around her.”

A large congregation attended the funeral at Lancater Crematorium.

Rose died at Hillcroft House Nursing Home, Galgate.