Former Labour Bassetlaw MP Joe Ashton has died at the age of 83

Former Labour MP Joe Ashton has died at the age of 83, his family has said.

Mr Ashton represented the Nottinghamshire seat of Bassetlaw for 33 years.

He was born in Sheffield and became an award-winning national newspaper columnist, author, playwright and director of Sheffield Wednesday football club, as well as a politician.

His family said that he had been been suffering from dementia and his death was unrelated to coronavirus.

There will be no public funeral due to the current restrictions.

Following the news that Joe Ashton, former Bassetlaw MP and Sheffield councillor, has passed away, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: