Tributes paid to former MP John Cummings after death aged 73

Former County Durham MP John Cummings has died aged 73. Credit: ITV News

Tributes have been paid to the former County Durham MP John Cummings, who has died at the age of 73.

A former miner, he was the Labour MP for Easington from 1987 to 2010.

John Cummings: Credit: PA

This evening, his former colleague - the MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery - said:

He was a man of immense character, whose complete commitment and dedication was always focused on the region and the people he was so proud to represent. John will be greatly missed.

– Ian Lavery MP, Wansbeck