I was devastated to hear the news of Michael Meacher’s death.
Michael was such a kind man and so encouraging and supportive of me both before and after I was elected as MP for Oldham East & Saddleworth.
I’m proud to say he was my friend as well as a distinguished Labour party colleague. He was the quintessential gentleman.
His parliamentary career was exceptional, spanning 45 years, encompassing many varied roles in opposition and in government. But he never wavered in his determination to represent Oldham West initially from 1970 and then Oldham West and Royton from 1997, at every opportunity available to him.
I paid tribute to Michael in the House of Commons which you can hear at 10 mins 20 sec in by clicking here.
My thoughts are with his family, friends and his team at this difficult time.
I will miss Michael very much.