Labour Party veteran Sir Tony Lloyd has died aged 73.
The MP for Rochdale, who served as a politician throughout Greater Manchester for over 40 years, had been receiving therapy for blood most cancers.
But in January, he stated it had become an aggressive and untreatable type of leukaemia, and he was leaving hospital to “spend the time I have left with my family”.
Despite his sickness, Sir Tony ended his message by reassuring his constituents his workplace would stay open to make sure they have been nonetheless supported.
Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer stated: “The death of Sir Tony Lloyd today is a terrible loss. I know the entire Labour Party, and many beyond the Party, join me in sending our deepest condolences to Tony’s wife, Judith, his children, Siobhan, Angharad, Kieron and Ali, and his granddaughters, Carmen and Carys.
“Like them, we’ll keep in mind his deep dedication to Labour values and his decency. We will at all times be glad about his dedication to public life, his devotion to his nation and his need to make the world a greater, fairer place. In the Labour Party, we’ll honour his legacy of service to others and his dedication to justice.
“May he rest in peace.”
MPs from each side of the Commons posted tributes and statements on social media.
Sir Tony was born in Stretford, Greater Manchester, in 1950 and attended the native grammar college, earlier than going to the University of Nottingham to review maths.
But he returned to Manchester to get an MBA and later grew to become a enterprise research lecturer on the University of Salford.
His political profession started in 1979 when he gained a seat on the Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, however come 1983, he had turned to nationwide politics, representing his dwelling constituency of Stretford till 1997.
After a shift in boundaries, he then represented Manchester Central till 2012, when he determined to maneuver away from Westminster to return to native politics and run as his area’s police and crime commissioner – overseeing one of many largest forces within the UK.
Following a brief stint because the interim mayor for Greater Manchester, he additionally ran to turn out to be the Labour Party candidate for the mayoral elections, however he got here second to Andy Burnham.
However, he used the chance to return to parliament, serving the constituency of Rochdale from 2017.
During his Westminster profession, Sir Tony served as a overseas minister within the early years of Tony Blair’s authorities, and later grew to become the chair of the parliamentary Labour Party.
While on the opposition benches, he held an enormous vary of roles, from schooling by means of to housing, however most not too long ago served as shadow Scotland secretary in Sir Keir Starmer’s frontbench group.
After being struck by COVID on the top of the pandemic and being placed on a ventilator for 10 days, he determined to step again from his position to get better absolutely, however he remained a devoted backbench constituency MP.