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Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, the MP for Manchester Gorton has died aged 86, he had been suffering from a long term illness.
His family made the announcement on Sunday, calling the oldest serving MP “a great socialist and parliamentarian”.
Sir Gerald was most famous for calling his party’s left-wing manifesto in the 1983 election “the longest suicide note in history”.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn led tributes to him, calling him an “iconic and irascible figure”.
Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “There was no one quite like Gerald Kaufman: a brilliant speaker, a compelling writer and a conscientious constituency MP.
“With his sharp insights, he not only penned many famous lines but gave the wisest of advice to Labour leaders who relied upon him throughout his 47 years in Westminster.”