Labour MP and shadow minister Jack Dromey has died at the age of 73, his family confirmed.
The veteran politician, who was married to fellow Labour MP Harriet Harman, passed away at his flat in Birmingham on Friday morning.
Dromey, who represented the constituency of Birmingham Erdington from 2010, was described by his family as a “much loved husband, father and grandfather.”
He was appointed shadow minister for immigration last year and previously served in Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet in housing and policing roles.
A statement from Dromey’s family read: “Jack Dromey MP died suddenly this morning aged 73 in his flat in Erdington.
“He had been a dedicated Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington since 2010.
“He was a much loved husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.”
His son Joe tweeted: “Our dad – Jack – died suddenly today. We loved him so, so much. Rest in peace big man x”
Labour leader Keir Starmer offered his condolences, writing: “Deeply sad news. My thoughts and those of the whole Labour movement are with Harriet, their children and all those who knew and loved Jack.”
Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle 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 terrible start to the year.”
Before entering politics Dromey was a trade unionist who became Deputy General Secretary of Unite in 2003, until his election as an MP in 2010.
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