TRIBUTES have been paid to an equalities campaigner and councillor who has died at her home.

Police forced their way into the home of York councillor Lynn Jeffries, 58, on Friday afternoon, when work colleagues became concerned about her whereabouts and raised the alarm.

The Darlington-born councillor, who was diabetic, was known for her tireless work to improve standards for disabled people.

She was elected to City of York Council in 2011 as a Labour councillor, although she later switched to the Liberal-Democrats.

Labour leader of City of York Council, Cllr James Alexander, said: “I’m extremely saddened to hear the news that Lynn Jeffries has passed away. I first met Lynn when she gave me training on disabilities during my time at university. It was from that point that I got to know her better and encouraged her to stand for and get elected as a Labour councillor.

“Clearly our opinions differed after that but I always had every respect for Lynn and the thoughts of myself and the entire Labour group are with her family at this sad time.”

Liberal-democrat leader Keith Aspden said: “Our best wishes at this very difficult time are with Lynn’s friends and family.

“During her time on the council Lynn has been a devoted community councillor, a champion for equalities and a good friend. She will be greatly missed.”

Cllr Jeffries was born in Darlington and was partially disabled following a skiing accident in 1992, but she spent most of her life helping those living with a disability.