It is with great sadness that we report the death of County Councillor Robert Ellis who died yesterday morning.

Robert was taken ill at the beginning of February and died of complications following major heart surgery.

Chamber Chief Executive, Tim Hutchings, said,"Robert was totally commited to Hertfordshire his passing will leave a hole that will not easily be filled".Robert became Leader of the Conservative Group in 1996 and Leader of Hertfordshire County Council in June 1999, when the Conservatives took control of the administration.

Any messages of condolence should be sent to the Member's Secretariat, Room 118, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DE or email to susan.wright@hertscc.gov.uk. Telephone messages can be relayed on 01992 556582.