An “excellent” political editor who spent more than 20 years with a regional daily has died aged 59 after a cancer battle.
Tributes have been paid to Torben Lee, formerly of the Bristol Post, who had suffered from oesophageal cancer for 10 months.
Torben, pictured, was at the Post from 1988 to 2009, before going on to work for the Liberal Democrats.
Much of his Post career had been spent as a sub-editor, and he surprised the newsroom when making the move to political writing.
Current Post editor Mike Norton said: “Torben was an excellent political editor. He was also a very good writer.
“The only thing which hindered him was his self-doubt, but that was part of what made him so good.”
From 2009 to 2014 he worked for the Liberal Democrat group on Bristol City Council.
Lib Dem whip Councillor Tim Kent said: “He was one of the best people I ever worked with – funny, sarcastic, dedicated. We used to joke that he could write a ‘Yes Councillor’ like ‘Yes Minister’ – but no one would believe it.
“Torben kept us sane; he was also always willing to provide a reality check for us – whether wanted or not.”
Torben and his wife Judy, who have three adult sons, Oliver, Tom and Jamie, moved to Cornwall three years ago.