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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.

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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

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