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Wolverhampton councillor in line for top award

A city councillor has spoken about her surprise and honour at being nominated for a national award.

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Councillor Zee Russell is on a shortlist of five for the Cllr Lifetime Achievement award. She is pictured with Councillor Sandra Samuels and Jan Kellond from the Friends of Di's kitchen on a food bank delivery

Councillor Zee Russell has been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2020 Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Cllr Awards.

Councillor Russell, who is one of five councillors from across the country to be shortlisted for the award, spoke of her surprise at finding out she’d been shortlisted for the award.

The councillor for Ettingshall in Wolverhampton said: “It’s all a bit of a shock, in all honesty, as I’ve only been a councillor for five years.

“I did query it and said that I though they’d put the wrong person in, but they said that it was correct and was in honour of all the work I’ve done in the civil service over the years.”

The 50-year-old councillor has spent 20 years serving the residents of Wolverhampton in both an employed and a voluntary capacity.

The ceremony takes place online on November 26.

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