Middlesbrough MP dies after suffering from cancer

Sir Stuart Bell was Middlesbrough MP for almost three decades Photo: PA

Middlesbrough MP Sir Stuart Bell has died after suffering from pancreatic cancer, his family have confirmed.

The 74-year-old had been Middlesbrough's Labour MP for almost three decades, holding onto the seat through seven general elections. He also served in key positions in Parliament.

The son of a Durham miner, Sir Stuart was born in County Durham and attended Hookergate Grammar School in Gateshead. He worked in several different professions before entering politics in 1977.

He unsuccessfully contested Hexham in 1979, and was a member of Newcastle City Council before becoming Middlesbrough MP in 1983.

Sir Stuart was a central figure in the Cleveland Child Abuse crisis in 1987, campaigning for parents whose children were taken into care. He was also given a key role during the long-running MPs' expenses scandal which emerged in 2009.

His family said Sir Stuart died at home on Saturday morning.