Paul who was Salford's Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, had not long returned from a holiday with his daughter in Cuba, his sudden death comes as a shock to both his colleges the local community he served as well as the rest of Salford.
He was found dead earlier this morning at his home in Salford Quays.
He had served as much respected Councillor in the Langworthy ward for 12 months, having previously worked as a housing officer for Salford council for 25 years.
A well known face in the community he was passionate about ending homelessness having in the past rough slept overnight to raise both money and the issue of homelessness for local charities, he would often head out in the evenings to help out at shelters and food kitchens. In short he was a Councillor who walked the walk as much as he talked the talk.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett Wrote:
I am deeply saddened to have to inform you that Councillor Paul Longshaw has passed away.
This tragic loss is a huge blow both to friends and relatives, and also to our party and the Labour movement in Salford.
Paul’s death has left us one fewer committed local councillor, one fewer articulate party member, and one fewer passionate and dedicated socialist.
On a personal level, I have also lost a close friend, confidante, colleague and political partner.
We can never know why he had to go, but he will be remembered fondly by all who knew and worked alongside him as an affable, kind and intelligent character who brightened our days with his depth and sincerity, light-hearted jokes, and omnipresent Cheshire-cat grin.
Paul, I will miss you.
As a mark of respect the flag outside the civic centre will be lowered to half mast today and condolence book placed in reception as we mourn the loss of a much loved, highly valued inspirational friend and colleague.
The condolence book will also be available online at the council’s website.