Tributes have been paid to North Lanarkshire councillor Robert McKendrick after his sudden death. 

He was first elected to the council in 2007 and has been described as a "tireless local champion" for his ward Murdostoun. 

Councillor Jean Jones, Provost of North Lanarkshire, said: "I was very saddened to hear of the death of Councillor Robert McKendrick.

"Robert was a councillor who worked so hard for the people in the community he represented. He made a huge difference to the residents who needed his help and always stood up for them, and for what he thought was right.

“He often signed off his emails and letters with the phrase ‘People Before Politics’, and that really summed up his approach to his time as a councillor.

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"He will be very fondly remembered by his fellow councillors and all our thoughts are with his family and friends."

The councillor served on a number of committees including Education and Families, Housing, Environmental Services and the Wishaw and District Local Area Partnership.

Monica Lennon also paid tribute to the councillor. 

She said: "Sorry to hear that Councillor Robert McKendrick has died suddenly. My condolences to his family, friends and constituents.

"Many years ago I represented a Gypsy/Traveller family at a planning inquiry and Robert was also assisting them. He was lovely to work with and very kind."