Maggie Mansell, one of Croydon's longest serving councillors, has passed away.

Cllr Mansell, who was Labour representative for Norbury and Pollards Hill, was first elected to Croydon Council in 1986.

She passed away at Mayday hospital on Saturday after a short illness, having represented her local community continuously for 25 years.

A trained scientist with experience working in the healthcare system, Cllr Mansell regularly campaigned on NHS issues.

She filled a number of posts throughout her council career, representing West Thornton, Norbury and serving as Mayor from 2005-2006.

Following the announcement of her passing by the local Labour party, tributes have poured in.

Fellow Norbury and Pollards Hill councillor Shafi Khan, who served with Cllr Mansell for 24 years said: "I have lost a good partner in politics who always had equality, justice and fairness at the heart of anything she has done, a scientist with extensive knowledge of health issues, a fierce NHS defender, an ardent Crystal Palace supporter, an excellent Chair of Governors for a local school, a strong voice of the community, who always acted with highest integrity and above all a true Labour member.

"Maggie will be sorely missed."

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, expressed sadness at Cllr Mansell's passing: "Such sad news," he said.

"Cllr Maggie Mansell was a passionate and dedicated campaigner, always at the heart of the Croydon community she served for many years. She will be very much missed."

MP for Croydon North, Steve Reed, also paid tribute: "So shocked to learn that Cllr Maggie Mansell passed away yesterday - she was passionate about the NHS and her beloved Norbury, and was campaigning right up to the end.

"She leaves such a big hole - rest in peace our dear irreplaceable Maggie."

The council's flag is currently flying at half mast.