Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, said he was 'very sad' to hear of the death of Jack Ashley.
"He was an outstanding servant of the Labour party and an extraordinary campaigner."
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The River Severn is expected to reach its highest level in 20 years in Shropshire today, with more rain on the way.
Passengers on some CrossCountry trains should have a bit more room from May as millions of pounds is spent on carriages.
Heavy rain and hill snow overnight. Clearing towards the afternoon.