Labour Party MP, Gerard Kaufman dies at 86

Sir Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, pictured in 2011.
Sir Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, pictured in 2011.

Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of the House of Commons, has died aged 86.

His family announced the news of his demise late on Sunday. A spokesperson revealed that Kaufman had been terminally ill.

Notwithstanding his physical condition which remained fiercely committed towards the functioning and well-being of his beloved Labour party since first being elected in 1970. He was vested in the party politics even to his dying day.

The veteran MP, who was the oldest serving parliamentarian, wittingly called his party’s 1983  election manifesto “the longest suicide note in history”.

Kaufman gained popularity as a determined and focused MP whose path-breaking efforts and withering putdowns became a feature of his time in Parliament.

A practicing Jew, he was best known for his fierce opposition to the policies of the Israeli government and its treatment of the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she had been “very sad” to learn of Sir Gerald’s death.

“He was a life of remarkable commitment to his constituents in Manchester and to the political life of the nation… as Father of the House (a title taken by the longest serving MP) his wisdom and experience will be very much missed by MPs on all sides of the House.”

While Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn who fondly remembers Kuafman and acknowledges the loss calling him an “iconic and irascible figure”.

Source: BBCThe Guardian

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