Darren’s contribution to Sandwell and the Black Country is immeasurable. A Councillor for nearly twenty five years and leader of Sandwell Council since 2009, he was one of the most important Labour Leaders in Britain. He was a huge talent – he fought for Labour values to get the best for the people that he served so diligently in Sandwell. Our movement is diminished by his loss and his experience, charisma and leadership will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathies go to his family at this extremely sad time.