Sadness as former Fareham councillor and campaigner dies on Boxing Day

John Thompson
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former campaigner and Lib Dem councillor who died on Boxing Day.

John Thompson, who lived in Park Gate, near Fareham, passed away in hospital following a brief illness. The cause of death is unknown.

The 66-year-old served on Hampshire County and Fareham Borough Council during the 1990s and spearheaded a campaign to bring Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock to justice.

He was also the founder of portsmouthnews.tv.

Devastated friends say he was a moral man who would do ‘anything for anybody’.

Paul Hartley, of Southsea, knew Mr Thompson for five years.

‘He was a moral man who was completely selfless, and he would always fight for the underdog,’ Mr Hartley said.

‘He worked tirelessly and ceaselessly for them.

‘He was a great friend, and if you were ever in any trouble, he would be the first to come round and help.

‘He was a very clever man.’

Mr Thompson, who was born in Southsea, had this year called for a fresh police investigation into Mr Hancock’s conduct towards a vulnerable female constituent.

He does not believe all witnesses were interviewed and the woman’s plight was not taken seriously enough.

Mr Hancock apologised for acting inappropriately for his behaviour this summer but police have not taken action against him.