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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.

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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:

Joe was a lifelong and faithful servant of the Labour Party and the people of Bassetlaw and Sheffield, where he was a councillor. He grew up in poverty in Sheffield and never lost sight of the suffering and struggles people endure in and out of work and this guided his political life.

β€œHe was a huge character and leaves a rich and lasting legacy. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time – his daughter Lucy and son in law Kevin and their two children.”

– Jeremy Corbyn