former MP leads tributes to the late Alan Ham
of mourners have paid their final respects to Brent Knoll county
councillor Alan Ham at his funeral.
Alan, pictured, died on September 20th following a short illness.
Former Burnham-On-Sea MP David Heathcoat-Amory described at the
service how Alan had been invaluable to him in getting things
"His judgement was always sound and balanced, his views
and opinions always fair and wise," said Mr Heathcoat-Amory.
"In my political office the secretary who dealt with my
correspondence would often write at the top of a particularly
taxing letter from a constituent that needed a reply Ask
Alan and I always did! His legacy lives on in what
he did for so many people."
Commenting after the service, the Leader of Somerset County Council,
Ken Maddock, said: "Alan was a predecessor of mine as leader
of the Conservative group at the County Council so I knew him
well. He served his local area with great distinction and had
a great rapport with the rural community."
"His experience served the county and the Conservative party
well. He had an outstanding ability to assemble arguments and
to explain them in a simple manner that everyone could understand.
Always a gentleman, he will be greatly missed by all who knew
Tiverton MP and former West Country MEP Neil Parish added: "He
was a true gentleman - a quiet man, yet one hugely interested
in public affairs. Relied on by many and admired by all who knew
him, he was a grass roots politician that everyone
liked and respected an accolade that can be accorded to