A former Labour councillor and mayor of Brighton has died aged 82.

Champion of pensioners’ rights Sheila Schaffer died from acute myeloid leukaemia on Wednesday morning.

The popular peace campaigner and feminist represented Hanover on the old Brighton Borough Council for a decade after she was elected in 1987.

She went on to be mayor of Brighton from 1995 to 1996.

Ms Schaffer fought for the creation of the new South Downs National Park so that areas of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Brighton and Hove would gain extra protection.

She became a hero for local pensioners, forming first the Older People's Steering Group and then the Brighton and Hove District Pensioners’ Association.

She lobbied for free bus travel for pensioners and fought increases in council tax.

Ms Schaffer also set up and chaired the Friends of Pelham Square, where she lived, and worked to keep the area well maintained as well as organising tree-planting days.

In more recent years she bitterly fought the Post Office closures in the city.

As well as local politics Ms Schaffer was also a member of the United Nations Association, which campaigns for peace and the end of poverty worldwide.

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