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Former Labour MP Candy Atherton dies aged 62

The former Labour MP for Falmouth and Camborne Candy Atherton has died suddenly at the age of 62.

The Labour politician has been described by friends from the world of politics, and people from across the region, as a true Cornwall champion for her dedication to the county and the people of Falmouth.

Former Labour MP for Falmouth and Camborne Candy Atherton has died. Credit: PA

Flags will be flying at half mast at County Hall today in tribute to the Labour councillor and former MP.

No details of her cause of death have been released but it is understood she had suffered a short illness.

Mrs Atherton was first elected in 1997 after beating Conservative Seb Coe, and held the seat with an increased majority in 2001.

She was the successful candidate in the first all women shortlist in the country when she fought the three way marginal seat of Falmouth and Camborne in Cornwall.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Chancellor assist Candy Atherton off the stage after her wheelchair became stuck on the stage after her speech at the 2017 Labour Conference. Credit: PA

Did you know? In 1984 she co-founded Everywoman magazine – a post feminist women’s magazine.

Tributes have been paid to the former MP, from people from across the political spectrum:

I am sad to hear of the sudden death of Candy Atherton. Candy was a proud champion of Cornwall, first as an MP and more recently as a councillor, and was instrumental to winning vital Objective 1 EU funding for Cornwall.

I knew Candy for many years and remember her time as Mayor of Islington with great affection. She had a disarming sense of humour; I remember her joking that when she won her seat in 1997, she had outrun the incumbent MP and Olympian Seb Coe.

I saw her most recently this summer, when we shared a platform at a wonderful rally for the NHS in Heartlands, Cornwall. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. We will all remember her as a warm person and a tireless campaigner for social justice.

– Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader