We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Cllr Sue Murphy CBE, who died on Tuesday. She has been the Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council for the last ten years.

Sue was a very strong supporter of Breakthrough. She championed equality, social justice and the voluntary and community sector. Her death is a great loss to Manchester. We also remember her strong and moving words about the impact of our late founder, Lorraine Gradwell, whom she described as a role model.

In a statement yesterday, Council Leader Sir Richard Leese said: "Today Manchester has lost a great socialist and public servant who has dedicated her life to social justice and making the city, and the world, a better and fairer place for everybody - but especially those with the greatest needs,"

Our Chief Executive Michele Scattergood said: “Such terrible news. Sue was a great woman. Principled and strong, yet gentle and caring. Manchester is a better place because of Sue”

Our thoughts are with her family and colleagues.

Head and shoulders shot of Councillor Sue Murphy