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Coronavirus: Mother of five dies after contracting COVID-19 on trip to Pakistan

A mother of five who was a respected councillor has died after contracting coronavirus during a trip to Pakistan.

Shabnum Sadiq, who served on Slough Borough Council, died after suffering “complications” from COVID-19 on 6 April.

The 39-year-old leaves behind her husband and five children including 13-year-old quadruplets.

The local authority was flying flags at half-mast at the council offices in tribute, a spokesman said.

Mrs Sadiq was elected to Wexham Lea ward in May 2016 and served on various council committees.

She was a former lead member for education and children’s services.

Council leader James Swindlehurst said: “This is very shocking for all of us and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Shabnum was a dedicated councillor and despite only being in her first term, she had made a contribution far beyond the years she’d spent in the council chamber.

“We worked together closely and personally I will miss her very deeply.

“This is a significant loss for the council and the town, but is nothing compared to the loss her family, close friends and community are feeling right now.

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