Ken Purchase (1939 – 2016) MP for Wolverhampton North East 1992 - 2010

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I am deeply saddened by the premature death of one of my closest friends, a man I greatly admired.

Working with others, especially fellow councillors John Bird (later an MEP) and Dennis Turner (later an MP and Lord), Ken was a hugely influential public figure for half a century.  He achieved many great things for the town of his birth.  He was rightly particularly proud of his work to help gain Wolverhampton city status, and of the massive expansion of council housing arising from his time as the council’s Chair of Housing, and above all of his major contribution to help to build the relatively benign state of community relations in our diverse city – despite the alarmist words of some.

Rob Marris

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