Tributes as warrior MP Ian, 82, dies
LABOUR colleagues paid tribute yesterday to former MP Dr Ian Gibson, who has died at 82.
He represented Norwich North from 1997-2009 and was hailed as a “tenacious campaigner” for the city.
Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, said: “He was admired for his humour, cutting wit but also his steadfast political conviction as a socialist.
“He leaves a legacy of someone always prepared to speak up for our city.”
Mike Stonard, president of Norwich Labour Party, said his friend was a “tenacious, committed campaigner and consistent advocate for constituents”.
Dr Gibson, a Scot, loved football and supported Norwich. His career ended after he was said to have claimed expenses for a flat which his daughter and partner lived in rent-free.
But a Labour probe was described as a “kangaroo court” by the then Norwich party chairman.