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Tributes to paid to Lord Mason of Barnsley

Tributes have been paid to former miner and veteran Labour politician Lord Mason of Barnsley who has died at the age 91 after a long illness.

He was MP for Barnsley for thirty years and served as Secretary of State for Defence and Northern Ireland. The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has described him as " a formidable man, with a deep passion for social justice." Chris Kiddey reports.

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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"

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.

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Man with life-threatening injuries after crash in Barnsley

Police are appealing for witnesses following a life-threatening collision in Barnsley this afternoon.

At around 3.10pm, it is reported that a white Honda XR125 motorcycle and a silver Ford Focus were in collision in Hanover Street, Thurnscoe, near to the junction with Hanover Square and Grange Street.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 27-year-old man, has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Shop owner releases shocking CCTV footage after robbery

CCTV footage has been released of two armed robbers who threatened female staff during a raid at a convenience store.

The footage shows one of the men jumping over the counter before they forced staff to hand over cash from the till.

The store's owner Ron Ford, released the footage in a bid to catch them.

The robbery happened at the Costcutter store on Fish Dam Lane in the Monk Bretton area of Barnsley.

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