The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, has made a statement following the death of Michael Meacher, Labour MP for Oldham West and Royton.
The former Environment minister had been a Member of Parliament since 1970. He was 75.
Speaker's Statement: Thursday 22 October 2015
"I am sorry this morning to have report to the House the death of our parliamentary colleague Michael Meacher, Member for Oldham West and Royton, who represented his constituents in this place without fear or favour for 45 years.
Many colleagues here present will have known Michael well. He served his party, his constituency and his country with dedication, ability and commitment. Holding high office in government, but above all cherishing Parliament, the legislature, the responsibility of Members under whichever administration to hold the executive to account.
In recent years he was a very prominent, active and effective contributor to the work of Parliament first. I was privileged to come to know him well over the last six years since I took the chair.
He will, I believe, be sadly missed and at this very unfortunate and miserable time for Lucianne and the family we extend to them our condolences and express the hope that they can look forward in the future to happier times."
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