Leader pays tribute to county councillor Russell Harsant


The Leader of Suffolk County Council has paid tribute to county councillor Russell Harsant, who passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Russell Harsant

Cllr Russell Harsant

From the moment Russell was elected to Suffolk County Council as a Conservative county councillor in May 1997, he was committed to improving the lives of people in Ipswich, with Bixley residents always at the forefront of his mind. 

Russell was educated at Northgate Grammar School and was a retired building surveyor. He was married to former borough council leader Liz Harsant and had a passion for reading. 

Between 2006 and 2009, Russell served as vice chair of the Roads and Transport Scrutiny Committee where he worked alongside the then chair and now council leader Mark Bee. Russell was a member of the Development Control Committee and was a dedicated member of the Northgate Arts Centre Joint Co-ordinating Committee. 

Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council’s leader, said: 

“I know I can speak on behalf of everyone when I say we are truly saddened to lose Russell from our lives.

“Russell was a hard working person who exercised good judgement and who cared very much about his constituents. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a warm heart that was complemented by his dry wit. We made an excellent team on the Roads and Transport Scrutiny Committee and I will look back on those years with fond memories. Russell was committed to his role and took his responsibilities seriously – he always put people before politics. 

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Russell’s family, and in particular to his wife Liz, with whom we all share sadness today.”

As a mark of respect, Suffolk County Council is flying its flag at half mast from today until after the funeral.