Tributes for popular Gerry

Gerry McLaughlin
Gerry McLaughlin

Tributes have been paid to former Muirhouse councillor Gerry McLaughlin, who passed away on Monday at the age of 80.

Gerry was first elected to serve Motherwell District Council in 1986, before moving to North Lanarkshire Council following local government reorganisation in 1996.

During his political career, which spanned 21 years, he served as Housing Convener with both Motherwell District Council and in the early years of North Lanarkshire Council.

During his time as housing convener with NLC, he was involved at a national level with COSLA’s Executive Group for Housing.

Councillor Jim McCabe, Leader of NLC said: “In his time here as a councillor, Gerry showed total commitment to his duties, was very level headed and when asked gave nothing but the best of advice.

“He was a committed family man, took his local government duties seriously and was a personal friend.

“He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and I extend my deepest sympathies to Kathleen and the family.”

Chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council, Gavin Whitefield added: “I am privileged to have worked with Gerry McLaughlin at Motherwell District Council and North Lanarkshire Council as Director of Housing.

“Gerry had a passion for housing and was a real community leader, which was particularly demonstrated in the regeneration of Muirhouse in his ward.

“This was just one example of his many achievements in his 21 years as a councillor and my thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Leader of the Minority Group, Councillor David Stocks also paid tribute.

He said: “I got to know Gerry when I was first elected in 1995 and knew him well during our time with North Lanarkshire Council.

“And over the years he would always be there for good advice and was dedicated to serving his local community.

“We’re all saddened to hear of Gerry’s passing and the SNP group sends its condolences to his family at this time.”