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Tribute to the "one-off" Torben Lee

13 April 2018

Linda Tanner

Torben began his career on the Western Gazette in Yeovil and was there at the time when Paddy Ashdown won the Parliamentary seat for the Liberal Democrats in 1983.

After a spell of freelancing, he joined the Post as a sub-editor in 1988. He was an accurate and fast copy sub whose skills were much appreciated in the days when the paper was producing many editions daily.

Many were surprised when, after two decades on the subs’ desk, he returned to writing as the Post’s political editor, but he made a great success of the role, winning respect from councillors on all sides at the often volatile Bristol City Council.

He moved on to run the Lib Dem office at the Council House from 2009-14, where he was a huge support to the council leader Barbara Janke. He remained fiercely independent-minded though, and spoke out for his beliefs without fear or favour.

Torben and his wife Judy, who have three adult sons, Oliver, Tom and Jamie, moved to Cornwall three years ago.

“A one-off”, “quite a character”, “bonkers and brilliant”, “brave and funny throughout”, “one of my favourite people”, “funny, sarcastic, dedicated”  and “a kind and loyal friend” are just some of the tributes in the last few hours. No one who came into contact with him will forget him.

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