Sad death of activist who campaigned for homeless and to keep hospital beds

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A well-known and outspoken political activist from Ilkeston has sadly died.

Des Ball stood as an independent parliamentary candidate for Erewash in the 2019 General Election and was a vocal figure within his local area.

He was often seen as a controversial and passionate character in the community, uncompromising in his strong views and love for open debate.

Mr Ball's actions in leading a protest march through Ilkeston in August 2019, in a bid to save beds at the town's community hospital, saw him fall foul of the police.

His campaign to save these hospital beds also saw numerous confrontations with local NHS leadership, making police attendance at public meetings on the topic a regular feature.

Yet he earned the respect of many in Ilkeston and beyond for his dedication to the disadvantaged in his community, gathering a following of hundreds on social media across several years of campaigning.

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