May in praise for veteran MP Kaufman
THERESA May led tributes to Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman who died at the weekend after a long-term illness, aged 86. The saddened Prime Minister said: “His was a life of remarkable commitment to his constituents in Manchester and to the political life of the nation.” Sir Gerald, who as Parliament’s longest-serving MP was Father of the House, was elected as MP for Manchester Ardwick in 1970 then Manchester Gorton in 1983, after boundary changes. Sir Gerald famously described Labour’s 1983 manifesto as “the longest suicide note in history”. His death means Labour faces another by-election in a heartland constituency after losing Copeland.