Tributes to late Labour Minister

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his predecessor Gordon Brown have led tributes to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks. The Croydon North MP, who had been diagnosed with cancer last year, has died at the age of 65.

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Former Labour energy minister dies aged 65

Malcolm Wicks Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to former energy minister Malcolm Wicks, who died today aged 65.

The Croydon North MP, who had been fighting cancer, was praised as a "thoroughly decent, intelligent and compassionate man" whose death left a "huge hole" in the party.

"He was a brilliant energy minister, he was a deep thinker about welfare and pensions, and Labour to his core," Mr Miliband said.

"Malcolm was also a dedicated constituency MP, always putting the needs of his Croydon constituents first. He was a brilliant campaigner.

"I have lost a wise confidant and most importantly a dear friend and the Labour Party has lost one of its sharpest thinkers. Our thoughts go to Malcolm's wife, Margaret, and his family."

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