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Ed Miliband's tribute to Marsha Singh

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, has paid tribute to Marsha Singh, former Labour MP for Bradford West. He said: "I was very sad to learn of Marsha’s death. He was a tireless representative of the people of Bradford West.

Politics gave him the opportunity to make a positive difference to the community he grew up in and was so proud of. To him, it was a privilege to represent them.

And while I know he was sad to leave Parliament earlier this year, he did so for the right reasons. I send my deepest condolences on behalf of the Labour Party to his family and friends."

Tributes for Marsha Singh

MP for Bradford South, Gerry Sutcliffe, pays tribute to Marsha Singh.

Mr Singh stepped down as an MP in March due to poor health. He was replaced at the subsequent byelection by Respect Party candidate George Galloway.

Labour MP Angela Smith has described Mr Singh as "a lovely, warm man of great integrity".

He was born on October 11 1954. He joined Lloyds Bank as a graduate trainee, but wanted to do community work in Bradford home city and in 1979 went to work for Bradford Community Relations Council.

A year later he joined the Bradford Law Centre, and in 1983 he moved to the city’s Directorate of Education. From 1990 until his election as an MP, he was senior development manager at Bradford Community Health Trust.

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Tributes pour in for Marsha Singh

Marsha Singh
Marsha Singh Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Very sorry to hear that my former Parliamentary colleague Marsha Singh has died. He was a truly honourable man. Karl Turner, Lab Hull East

Marsha Singh one of gentlest, most dedicated MPs ever. Denis MacShane, Lab Rotherham

Very sad news about Marsha Singh - all our thoughts are with his family . Hilary Benn, Lab Leeds Central

Sincerest condolences from George Galloway MP and the Respect party to the family of Marsha Singh, who passed away today. George Galloway Respect Bradford West

Tributes to former MP

Marsha Singh
Marsha Singh Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Labour MPs have paid tribute to former colleague Marsha Singh who has died four months after quitting the Commons due to ill health. Mr Singh announced he was stepping down in March after representing Bradford West since the Labour landslide of 1997.

In one of the biggest UK by-election shocks, his 18,000-plus majority was then overturned by Respect's George Galloway.

George Galloway MP
George Galloway MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna wrote on Twitter: "So sad to hear of the death of our colleague and friend. All our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time." Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith described him as "a lovely, warm man of great integrity".

Mr Singh, who was a ministerial aide and served on the home affairs and international development select committees, leaves two children and two stepchildren.

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