Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honour for Ex-Council Supremo

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Honour for Ex-Council Supremo

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Byline: By Peter Young

Tony Flynn, leader of Newcastle City Council before Labour lost control in June, will be honoured by friends and former colleagues tonight.

The Lord Mayor Coun George Douglas is hosting a dinner at the Mansion House in Jesmond in honour of Mr Flynn who was one of Newcastle's longest-serving councillors.

Today, Mr Flynn, 55, who lost his seat in Fawdon in the Liberal Democrat election landslide, spoke of life after politics and insisted he has no plans for a comeback.

He was a councillor for 24 years, 10 of them as leader, and tonight's guests include the council's new Lib Dem leader Coun Peter Arnold; chief executive Ian Stratford; former council leader Sir Jeremy Beecham; and two former colleagues, ex-Lord Mayor Peter Laing and former deputy council leader Keith Taylor.

Mr Flynn, who lives in Gosforth, will be accompanied by his wife Barbara and their four children, Bridget, 23, who has just graduated from Brighton University; Jessica, 21, a student at Glasgow School of Art; Jack, 19, at Edinburgh University, and Sam, 13, who is at Gosforth High School. …

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