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Statement on the death of former City of Westminster leader Philippa Roe

Published: 13 December 2022

Cllr Adam Hug, leader of Westminster City Council, said:

The City of Westminster has lost an outstanding figure in Philippa Roe, a woman who led the authority with conviction and drive.

While on opposite sides of the chamber, we could disagree while finding common purpose on the issues that mattered to residents - better housing, schools and chances for young people. In private she was unfailingly courteous and her commitment to the people of Westminster was clear. Her distinguished career in public service, which continued into the House of Lords, was proof of that dedication.

Our thoughts are with Philippa’s family and in due course, we will pay further official tribute to her life.

Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council’s Conservative group, said:

I knew Philippa Roe for many years before becoming a Knightsbridge and Belgravia ward colleague with her.

There was a quiet and steely determination in Philippa. She had left a very successful career in the City of London to serve the community of Westminster,  and her business experience combined with a commitment to the community made her a formidable leader. Philippa’s style was collegiate, but her focus was single-minded - whether leading efforts to provide more affordable housing or getting more Westminster residents into work. A Londoner to the core, she appreciated the many communities that make up the identity of Westminster.

Philippa’s twins were a source of joy after her health issues which were well known. Her measured approach and calmness stayed with her until the end, and I know the thoughts of all will be with Stephen and the family.