Bob Blizzard Cause Of Death, Obituary Unavailable Yet – After his death at the age of 71, a former MP was recognized as a “staunch defender” for Waveney. Bob Blizzard, who served as Waveney’s MP from 1997 to 2010, received several tributes for his relentless efforts on behalf of his people.
According to lowestoftjournal.co.uk, Mr Blizzard previously served as the head of Waveney District Council for six years after being elected to the council in 1987.
His 13-year tenure as MP for the Westminster seat includes important achievements such as the opening of the Tom Crisp Way relief road, which alleviated one of Lowestoft’s biggest traffic bottlenecks, and securing money for the Orbis Energy Centre.
While the most sought-after prize eluded him during his time in office, his role in its eventual arrival cannot be overlooked. He battled for the construction of a third crossing over Lake Lothing, commissioning a feasibility study for a bridge connecting Waveney Drive and Peto Way and gathering more than 10,000 signatures on a petition demanding for the crossing.
The Gull Wing Bridge is currently being built and is scheduled to open next year. “Bob was a highly influential person in both local and national politics, and we are heartbroken to learn of his loss,” said Craig Rivett, deputy leader of East Suffolk Council and former Waveney cabinet member.
“During his time as the council’s leader and as a constituency MP, he was a dedicated public servant who worked hard for the people of Waveney.” “Everyone at East Suffolk Council is thinking of his family and those close to him.”
In parliament, he was appointed assistant treasury whip in 2007, and after a cabinet change the following year, he was promoted to Lord Commissioner to the Treasury.
Mr Blizzard’s vote against the Iraq war and subsequent resignation from his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary would be another watershed moment for him nationally. He would vote against the government only once more.
In 2011, he told the Lowestoft Journal, “I could not support them.” It took a lot of courage to stand up to Tony Blair and not vote for him, but I was right, and history has proven that I was correct.”
Adam Robertson, speaking on behalf of the East Suffolk Liberal Democrats, said: “Bob was a dedicated activist for Waveney, never failing to raise awareness of issues that were important to Waveney residents.
“For the 1990s and 2000s, Bob and Mark Bee dominated Waveney politics. “I grew up in the age of Bob Blizzard, who was indisputably a major political figure who shaped the political scene for us today.
“On behalf of the East Suffolk Liberal Democrats, our heartfelt condolences and best wishes to Bob’s family, friends, and the Labour Party on their tragic loss.”