Shock as local council leader dies suddenly

Ian Campbell, who has died aged 66.

Tributes have been paid to a local council leader who has died suddenly aged 66.

Ian Campbell served his community as councillor since 2007 and last year became leader of Perth & Kinross Council.

Paying tribute, fellow Conservative councillor Murray Lyle said: “It is with the greatest shock and sadness that we have learned our friend and colleague Ian Campbell has died suddenly.

“As an elected member for Highland Perthshire since 2007, leader of the Council’s Conservative Group since 2016, and most recently as leader of Perth & Kinross Council, Ian has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for this area.

“His commitment to education, healthcare, and championing rural Perthshire was clear to everyone who met him. He was dedicated to his duties as a local Councillor, attending each of the 11 Community Councils in Highland Perthshire. I was proud to work alongside him.

“The whole Council sends its condolences to Ian’s wife Pam, his daughters, and grandchildren at this very sad time.”

Fellow politicians Murdo Fraser and John Swinney paid their tributes on social meda: