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Labour MP Harry Harpham, 61, has died from cancer

Labour MP Harry Harpham, who represented Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, has died from cancer, the party has said.

Labour MP Harry Harpham has died from cancer at the age of 61. Credit: Lynne Cameron / PA Archive/PA Images

The former miner entered Parliament at the general election last year after a long career in local public service, including a stint as deputy leader of Sheffield Council.

In a statement Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to Mr Harpham.

The news of the death of Harry Harpham is extremely sad and I send my deepest condolences to his family.

Harry was a proud socialist who had also been a proud miner.

He was dedicated to justice for working people and despite the undoubted hardship that his support for the miners’ strike would have caused him, as it did many thousands of miners, Harry recently told me he would have done it all again.

To the very end he was fighting for working people in parliament. What a decent man he was and he will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Labour Party.

– Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn

Mr Harpham was diagnosed with cancer after his party's autumn conference last year and was treated in hospital a short time later.

He ran for Parliament after former home secretary David Blunkett announced he was standing down, and won the seat with a majority of 13,807.

Mr Harpham leaves behind his wife Gill and children Annie, Kieron, Dan, Emily and Victoria.

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