A week ago a very fine socialist politician had his 84th birthday. He was still a Labour MP, but had missed most of the Parliamentary session since last July with increasingly deteriorating rheumatoid arthritis and then pernicious anaemia. On Sunday morning he died. He was a great colleague and comrade in arms for the nearly thirty five years I worked with and for him, against a pompous, puffed-up establishment, secrecy and the pollution of politics by money use to influence MPs’ decisions. The late, great Parliamentary profiler, Andrew Roth ended his pen picture of Paul with this pithy observation “Perhaps the rheumatoid arthritis, which makes him limp, makes it difficult for him to bend the knee in deference to New Labour.”
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The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) pays tribute to Paul Flynn MP, who has sadly died today after a long battle with illness. The MP for Newport West since 1987, after 15 years as a councillor, was a strong advocate and supporter of the NFLA, speaking at a number of our meetings over the past three decades. He was a politician of great integrity, as the tributes from MPs of all political parties today emphasise. Paul Flynn was a consistent opponent of both nuclear power and nuclear weapons throughout his political career. He was an indefatigable peace campaigner and a real pleasure to work with. He was a strong supporter of the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and consistently challenged the need for Trident replacement in Westminster debates. He was a principal speaker at the annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorative services at Tredegar Park for over 30 years.
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He rejoiced in being described by the Guardian’s Simon Hoggart as “the thinking man’s Dennis Skinner”, a soubriquet he felt was suitable for his epitaph.
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