Thursday, 4 March 2010

Death of a Great Parliamentarian

Michael Foot was a great adopted son of Wales.

I saw him last campaigning in Blaenau Gwent in the by-election caused by Peter Law’s sad and untimely death.

He was a parliamentarian of great skill, and one of the best post war orators.

A distinguished man of letters, he made a significant contribution to British public life. He was a remarkable man and in many ways, almost the last link to a more heroic age in politics.

Michael Foot was a champion of Parliamentary democracy and the House of Commons, who believed in public service and wanted to make it a better place. Above all he was an idealist, someone who was in politics for the right reasons and someone who wrote and spoke beautifully.

His death breaks a link with the political past but his contribution to national life will not be forgotten.

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