DARLINGTON Labour councillor, Jackie Maddison has died.

The Borough Council's leader, Bill Dixon, announced the news on the social networking site, Twitter.

He tweeted: "Sad news, Jackie Maddison. Labour Cllr in Darlington died peacefully in hospital tonight, a good Comrade sadly lost to us, RIP Jackie."

Coun Maddison was elected to the Council on May 5, 2003.

She sat on the Adults and Housing Scrutiny Committee as Vice-Chair, Efficiency and Resources Scrutiny Committee, Standards Committee and Human Resources Panel.

Coun Maddison was also Chair of the Darlington Community Carnival Committee and  Secretary of the Darlington Media Group.