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Speaker pays tribute following the death of MP Paul Flynn

18 February 2019 (updated on 18 February 2019)

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The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has made a statement following the death of Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport West.

Flynn was a Member of Parliament for over thirty years, having first been elected in the 1987 General Election. In this time, he sat on many different select committees and was a Shadow Health Spokesperson from 1988 to 1989. In 2016, he joined the Shadow Cabinet briefly as Shadow Leader of the House and Shadow Welsh Secretary.

The Speaker told Members in the House of Commons Chamber:

“He spoke his mind, he did it his way, he did it with eloquence, with knowledge, with character and often – as we all know – with mordant wit. Paul will be greatly missed by his wife of the last 34 years, Sam, and by the wider family. We respectfully remember him and I hope we always will”.

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