The trade union movement is in shock after the sudden death of rail union leader Bob Crow, who passed away early this morning aged 52
The RMT leader was demonised by Fleet Street, often loathed by commuters, but adored by his members.
He left school at the age of 16 to work on the railways. He was the General Secretary of the RMT union for 12 years.
Boris Johnson says whatever you think about Bob Crow "he fought for his members", adding:
This is not the moment to rake up all the disputes we had. He wasn't the extreme left-wing ogre people painted him.
Ken Livingstone says RMT members will remember Bob Crow every time they can afford a family holiday, pay the mortgage and retire.
– Martin Griffiths, Chairman of the Rail Delivery Group
Bob Crow was rightly recognised as one of the rail industry's most passionate voices, who championed the crucial role played by staff in delivering a safe service to passengers.
The whole industry will be shocked and saddened to hear of his untimely death. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this sad time.
– John Spellar, Labour's former Transport Minister
We had very different political perspectives but I always found him fair to deal with and I always understood both his energy and, quite frankly, his ability in representing his members.
Maybe I thought sometimes, especially as a transport minister, that he went a bit too far over the brink but he played brinksmanship sometimes extremely well."
Although we differed hugely on many issues we never got personally acrimonious. We could always engage.
In one of his last television interviews, RMT union leader Bob Crow spoke to ITV News Meridian on Saturday at a gathering of union members in Brighton to mark the 30th anniversary of the Miners' Strike.