TRIBUTES are pouring in for an Oxford City Councillor who has died aged 65. 

Jennifer Pegg, a Labour councillor, represented the Northfield Brook ward, in Blackbird Leys, after being elected in October 2015. 

Fellow councillors have expressed their shock and heartache upon hearing the news about Ms Pegg, who was described as funny, hardworking and determined.  

Bob Price, the council's leader, said: “We are all deeply shocked by the news of Jennifer’s untimely death.

"She was a wonderful colleague - loyal, funny, determined, and very hard working on behalf of the community that she represented in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys.

“She had enjoyed a very successful career in publishing, and then threw herself heart and soul into local politics. She was a fierce campaigner on women’s issues and on the serious problems of poverty across the city.

“We will miss her very deeply; she was a lovely person.”

Ms Pegg served on the west area planning committee, the scrutiny committee, and the scrutiny housing panel.

She was involved with the City of Oxford Charity, a group of ancient charities for the benefit of the people of Oxford in need, and she was a volunteer and trustee of Rose Hill and Donnington Advice Centre.

Ms Pegg was a retired publisher and a school governor. She had graduated with BA French, BA Political Science, and MSc International Relations. Her hobbies included gardening, travelling and films.

Councillor Sian Taylor, who represented Northfield Brook ward with Ms Pegg, said: “Jennifer chose to do what she did, both as a councillor and in her voluntary work, because she cared deeply about the people of Oxford – she was their champion and she their voice.

“We have been councillors together for a number of years. We were colleagues and friends, and we worked together very much as a team to offer support to our constituents.

“I felt a huge affection for her, and I feel shocked and saddened that we have lost someone so dedicated and hardworking. There will be a huge gap in Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys without her.”

Gordon Mitchell, chief executive of Oxford City Council, added: “During the time I spent with Jennifer, I got a clear sense of her wanting to do the best for residents, and I know lots of staff appreciated the way she worked with officers to get things done for the community. She will be deeply missed.”