Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks dies after cancer battle
Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks has died, after losing his battle with cancer.
Labour Leader Ed Miliband led tributes to the 65-year-old, who announced he was fighting cancer last October.
Mr Miliband described the former energy minister as a “thoroughly decent, intelligent and compassionate man” and said his death left a “huge hole” in the party.
He said: “He was a brilliant energy minister, he was a deep thinker about welfare and pensions and Labour to his core.
“Malcolm was also a dedicated constituency MP, always putting the needs of his Croydon constituents first. He was a brilliant campaigner.
“The way he handled his illness tells you everything about the man. He showed huge dignity and also kept on thinking, writing and advising right to the end.
“I have lost a wise confidant and most importantly a dear friend and the Labour Party has lost one of its sharpest thinkers.
“Our thoughts go to Malcolm’s wife, Margaret and his family.”
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