Tributes to Peter

Tributes have been paid to one of Bristol’s longest-ever serving councillors Peter Abraham who has died aged 84.

Peter spent more than half a century in local politics, including three terms as the city’s lord mayor and as Conservative group leader on the city council.

He was first elected for Stockwood ward as a member of the Citizen Party in 1966.

Peter spent eight years on Avon County Council before it disbanded and returned to serve residents in Stoke Bishop as a Conservative from 1983 to 2021.

During his 55 years in local politics, he sat on virtually every Bristol City Council committee and decision-making body, as well as outside organisations such as Avon Fire Authority and Avon & Somerset Police Panel.

He also chaired many iterations of the local authority’s regulatory committees.

He held various positions including council deputy leader and cabinet member for education & lifelong learning. He also served asTory group leader, deputy leader and chief whip.

Peter was made an Honorary Alderman of the City and County of Bristol in July 2021.

Tory Cllr Richard Eddy (Conservative, Bishopsworth) said: “Diminutive in stature, Peter was a giant of a man. I often said he easily had the ideas and energy of two people half his age. May he rest in peace. lived.”
Peter is survived by his wife Pearl, son Christopher and grandson Noah.