MP Paul Goggins dies in hospital

Manchester Wythenshawe & Sale East Labour MP Paul Goggins dies in hospital

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Funeral service for Manchester MP

Paul Goggins who died last week Credit: PA

The funeral of Labour MP Paul Goggins takes place later.

The 60 year old collapsed while out jogging with his son over the Christmas holiday.

The member for Wythenshawe and Sale East will be remembered in a ceremony at Salford Cathedral at noon today.

On news of his death in hospital last week, tributes were paid on all sides of the House of Commons including from the Prime Minister.

The Labour Party said it had lost one of its most respected members.


Video: Granada's Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt looks at the tributes to MP Paul Goggins

There have been tears and tributes at Westminster and in the North West today for the Manchester Labour MP Paul Goggins, who's died at the age of 60.

He had collapsed while out jogging over the Christmas holidays.

His wife and three grown up children were at his bedside in hospital when he passed away last night.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the party had lost one of its most dignified, humane, wise and loyal MPs.

Our Political reporter Daniel Hewitt has this report:-


Police & Crime Commissioner's tribute to MP Paul Goggins

Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has paid tribute to Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins, who has died.

Paul Goggins MP

Mr Goggins, 60, passed away last night after suffering a suspected brain haemorrhage when he was out running on December 30.

Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd

Tony said: “I have lost a good friend, and the world has lost a man of enormous decency and human kindness. But of course Paul’s wife, his children and wider family have lost someone who was at the centre of their daily lives and my thoughts go out to them.

“Paul’s own personal faith and moral conviction operated as a guiding light in everything he did, both before he entered politics and as a local councillor, Member of Parliament and Government minister.

"Manchester has lost a great son. Those who are dispossessed and those who are vulnerable in an increasingly unfair society have lost a great champion.

“The only thing Paul and I ever disagreed on was his view, wrongly held, that Manchester City were the better of the two Manchester football clubs.”

Labour pays tribute to MP Paul Goggins

Paul Goggins Labour MP Wythenshawe and Sale East

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“Paul’s family is devastated and heartbroken by his death. They are not alone. The Labour Party has lost one of its most dignified, humane, wise and loyal MPs.

“People from all sides of the House of Commons had the greatest affection, admiration, and genuine respect for Paul. We are deeply saddened by his passing.

“Our thoughts and our deep condolences go out first and foremost to his wife Wyn, and his children, Matthew, Theresa and Dominic. They have lost a husband and a father for whom family was at the heart of everything he held most dear.

“Paul was a man of deep faith whose commitment and strong values shone through everything he did. As a social worker, councillor, MP and Minister, attending to the needs of the most disadvantaged was always at the core of his particularly thoughtful and dedicated service.

He was held in great affection by the people of Northern Ireland for his real understanding of the challenges they faced in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement.

“I know Paul’s family have been profoundly moved by the outpouring of support, love and affection they have received since Paul fell ill last week. The Labour Party has lost one of its very best and one of its own. We mourn him deeply.”

Tributes to "repected & loved" MP Paul Goggins

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