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Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Michael Foot RIP

Although I was never a fan of his politics it is a sad day as we hear that Michael Foot the donkey jacket wearing former Labour leader has died.

Jack Straw announced in the House of Commons that Michael Foot, aged 96 had passed away today.

Michael Foot succeeded James Callaghan in 1980 but stood down after losing
the 1983 election to Margaret Thatcher.

Mr Foot served in both the Callaghan and Harold Wilson governments as
Minister for Employment and Commons leader.

Jack Straw said of him, " He was held in very great affection in all sections of
the House and the country."

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow described Mr Foot as a 'quite extraordinarily distinguished Parliamentarian'.

He entered Parliament in 1945, in Clement Attlee's post war landslide victory, served as an MP for 47 years and was a founder member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

British Politics has lost another of the great characters.

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