Jack Dromey, Labor MP, dies aged 73 | Work

Shadow Labor Secretary Jack Dromey has died suddenly at the age of 73.

The MP died Friday morning at his Birmingham flat, his family said. Obviously it was a natural cause.

MPs from across the political spectrum paid tribute to the Birmingham MP Erdington and offered their condolences to his wife, former deputy Labor leader Harriet Harman.

His family said, “He was a much loved husband, father and grandfather and he will be greatly missed.”

His son Joe said on Twitter: “Our father – Jack – passed away suddenly today. We loved him so much. Rest in peace, big man.”

Dromey, a former trade unionist and MP since 2010, was appointed shadow minister for immigration last year. Before that, he held shadow cabinets for housing and police, among other things.

On Thursday, Dromey contributed to a debate in Westminster Hall about the resettlement plan for Afghan citizens. “Our country has a proud history of providing a safe haven for people fleeing persecution,” he said. “Any watering down of the resettlement scheme would be contrary to our most fundamental values ​​of decency, fairness and fairness.”

Jack Dromey fights for Afghan civilians in final speech at Westminster Hall – video
Jack Dromey fights for Afghan civilians in final speech at Westminster Hall – video

Prior to his election to parliament, he was deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) and treasurer of the Labor Party.

The Labor leader, Keir Starmer, said: “Jack was recognized for his determination to stand up for his constituents and he was highly respected and warmly regarded throughout Parliament. My thoughts and those of the entire labor movement are with Harriet, their children and everyone who knew and loved Jack.”

Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “We are all in disbelief that the life force that was Jack Dromey has died. This is another sad day for the House and a bad start to the year. He was a great guy, down to earth, always positive and always looking to support and save jobs. At heart he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather so all our thoughts go out to Harriet and the rest of the family at this very sad time.”

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair recalled Dromey as “hugely sympathetic” and a “complete mainstay of the Labor and trade union movement”. He said: “I am absolutely shocked and very saddened by the news about Jack.”

The Birmingham Edgbaston MP, Preet Gill, said Dromey’s death was a huge loss to the city, the Labor Party and his family. “He was 73 years old and had given so much,” she said. “The only thing I loved about Jack, regardless of his age, is that he would always talk passionately about what he was going to do next.”

Jess Phillips, Labor MP for Birmingham Yardley, said: “His enthusiasm for Birmingham politics will be irreplaceable and we will miss him terribly.”

Boris Johnson said he was “deeply saddened” by the news. “My thoughts are with Harriet and the family, and with everyone who knew him as a friend. May he rest in peace,” he said.

Dromey was born to Irish parents and grew up in Kilburn, London. He became deeply involved in the union movement in the 1970s and was instrumental in supporting a strike at Grunwick’s film processing lab from 1976 to 1978, where he met Harman. The couple married in 1982 and had three children.

Harman, who has served in parliament for nearly 40 years, announced last month that she would resign in the next election.

A by-election will be held in Dromey’s Birmingham Erdington seat, which Labor has held since its founding in 1974.

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