Anne Berent obituary: Former mayor of Islington was ‘true champion of liberal causes’

Former Islington Mayor Anna Berent

Former Islington Mayor Anna Berent - Credit: Archant

A former mayor of Islington and “true champion of liberal causes” died on Wednesday morning, aged 93.

Anna Berent

Anna Berent - Credit: Archant

Anna Berent was a Liberal Democrats councillor for Mildmay ward from 2002 to 2010, and she served as mayor in her final year on the council.

Anna was a founding member of the Social Democratic Party in Islington before joining the Lib Dems.

Before being elected, Anna led a successful campaigned to stop the Eurostar from running on surface tracks through Islington.

Anna also played a leading role in transforming the park in Newington Green, and in the development of the Mildmay Community Centre.

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She was passionate environmental campaigner and organised the St Paul’s Shrubbery Festival for 20 years. Anna and was a founding member, and later chair, of Newington Green Action Group.

Former Lib Dem leader of Islington Council Terry Stacy MBE said: “Anna was a true champion of liberal causes. I don’t think we would have seen the improvements to Newington Green and the surrounding area if it hadn’t been for her advocacy.

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“She truly was inspirational. She played an instrumental part in Lib Dems history when we ran the council.”

Former Lib Dem deputy council leader Lucy Watt added: “Anna was an amazing woman – very free thinking – she had her principles and was really respected for that.”

She continued: “She campaigned on so many environmental and civil liberties issues. She was always at the marches.

“She will really be missed. She was a very generous person, had a lively mind right up to the end.”

Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece OBE, who served as Lib Dems councillor for Mildmay at the same time as Anna, said: “She worked tirelessly, she was a fantastic councillor. She was such a strong community champion, a really remarkable and public servant. She served the people of Islington tremendously. I feel very privileged to have served with her as a fellow ward councillor. She helped so many people and touched so many lives.”

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