Councillor who fought for what he believed in

Julian Murray
Julian Murray

Tributes have been paid to former Dunstable councillor Julian Murray who passed away on Friday night.

He served as a town and district councillor for more than 20 years and was a governor at Beecroft Lower School.

During his time as a councillor he represented the Northfields Ward.

Mr Murray was elected to the town council in 1990-2003 and then again in 2009 until 2015.

Dunstable Town Mayor Liz Jones said: “Julian had been a councillor for many years on both Town and Central Beds until May this year and always put residents first.

“I am sure he will be remembered by many for taking the time to care and to fight for what he believed in.

“Julian was a community councillor often seen in the town gathering the views of his residents.

“He will be missed by many.”

He served on the finance and general purposes committee and plans sub-committee and was also a council representative on Tourism in Dunstable Working Party, Dunstable Arts Council, Dunstable International Twinning Association, Bedfordshire Playing Fields Association, Downside Day Centre and Town Centre Steering Committee.

He was a member of the Labour party before becoming an Independent councillor.

In 2009, he stood as an Independent councillor for Central Bedfordshire and was elected that year and again in 2011, where he served until May this year.

Leader of the Independent group on Central Bedfordshire Council, councillor Adam Zerny, said: “Julian served on South Bedfordshire District Council, Dunstable Town Council and Central Bedfordshire Council over the course of 25 years.

“He worked unceasingly for his constituents and relished fighting for the underdog; they loved him for it as a result.

“It was a pleasure to work with Julian as a councillor and I am proud to have called him a friend.”