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Miliband: Lord Mason was a 'huge figure' in Labour movement

Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to veteran politician Lord Roy Mason who has died aged 91.

Roy Mason was a huge figure in the Labour movement, and he will be sorely missed.

He passionately believed in the power of politics to change people’s lives and spent his whole life trying to improve the lives of working people, none more so than his constituents in Barnsley.

He spent years as a coal miner and later in life campaigned for official recognition for the Bevin Boys, the young men who were conscripted to work in the mines to aid Britain’s war effort.

He was a Cabinet Minister under two Labour Prime Ministers, most notably as Defence Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary. He made a huge contribution to British political life.

Roy was a formidable man, with a deep passion for social justice. He never forgot where he came from, and was a true champion of equality and fairness.

My thoughts are with Lady Mason and all Roy’s family and friends.”

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader

Tributes paid to former miner and veteran politician Lord Mason

Tributes have been paid to the forrmer miner and veteran Labour politician Lord Roy Mason of Barnsley, who has died after a long illness.

Lord Roy Mason has died aged 91 Credit: Michael Crabtree/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 91-year-old represented Barnsley for 30 years until 1983. He was Defence Secretary under Harold Wilson and Northern Ireland Secretary in James Callaghan's government.

Labour's Dan Jarvis, standing in Barnsley Central , described him as " a giant of the Labour movement"

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Veteran politician Lord Mason dies aged 91

Former miner and veteran politician Lord Mason of Barnsley has died after a long illness.

Lord Roy Mason dies aged 91 Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 91-year-old went down a South Yorkshire pit at 14 before entering politics. As well as representing Barnsley for 30 years until 1983, he was Defence Secretary under Harold Wilson and Northern Ireland Secretary in James Callaghan's government.

Cost of living: Which way will the 'squeezed middle' vote?

With polls showing that the election is going to be too close to call, they also indicate that around a third of us are yet to decide which way we'll vote.

Three weeks before the big day, are we any clearer about which party people feel is best to run the economy?

David Hirst meets a family in York - part of the so-called squeezed middle - to find out how they've coped during five years of Coalition rule - and which way they're likely to vote:

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Clegg unveils 'a blueprint for a stronger economy'

Nick Clegg has described the Lib Dem manifesto as "a blueprint for a stronger economy and a fairer society".

Nick Clegg launches the Lib Dem election manifesto.

Unveiling his party's manifesto, Clegg said: "This manifesto is a plan to finish the job of balancing the books and to do so fairly, by protecting our schools, hospitals and public services.

"This manifesto is an insurance policy against a government lurching off to the extremes."

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Lib Dems: Tory plan will lead to longer housing waiting lists

Liberal Democrat Election Spokesman Brian Paddick has responded to the Conservative announcement on extending the right to buy to Housing Association properties.

This proposal will lead to longer waiting lists for homes and fewer social houses.

It does nothing to tackle the country’s affordable housing needs and will only benefit the lucky few.

Independent estimates suggest this could cost at least £5.8 billion, nowhere near covered by forcing Councils to sell of yet more housing stock, as the Conservatives suggest.

That means it will have to be paid for by even more cuts hitting the most vulnerable in society.

– Liberal Democrat Election Spokesman Brian Paddick
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