Most people who had any connection to local politics in Hammersmith and Fulham knew the name Colin Aherne.
From what I gathered about his fierce fighting for justice and for his electors, I had thought he would be a formidable man mainly to be feared in case I said the wrong thing. But when I first met him in White City, while telling at an election, he couldn’t have been more gentlemanly and kind. He saw my yellow rosette but he talked to me as a colleague. There was a warmth about him.
I saw him at various events, always mindful about how he represented the best of traditional Labour.
I am sorry he has gone. My condolences to his family and to the Council who who will miss him sorely.