The Eastern Daily Press has the sad news:
Hereward Cooke, a hugely popular Norwich priest and former leader of Norwich City Council’s Liberal Democrat group, has died while at the Copenhagen climate change conference.
The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, announced with great regret the unexpected and sudden death of the Revd Canon Cooke.
He died in his sleep at the age of 70…
In 2000, Hereward became involved in local politics as city councillor for the Lakenham ward and went on to be leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the city council.
He retired in 2008 and in 2009 he moved with his wife, Diana, to Blakeney where he continued to minister and took up the role of diocesan environmental officer.
He won respect not just within the Liberal Democrats for his work but also from across the political spectrum, including Conservatives such as Trevor Ivory.