May in praise for vet­eran MP Kauf­man

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

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.

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