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Abbots Langley councillor: ‘I’m proud to bear the name of nephew MP’

Three Rivers district councillor Paul Goggins of Abbots Langley.

Three Rivers district councillor Paul Goggins of Abbots Langley.

A district councillor from Abbots Langley has paid tribute to his namesake nephew and Labour MP, who died on Tuesday.

Paul Goggins, who represents the Langleybury ward on Three Rivers District Council, was the uncle of former Northern Ireland and Home Office minister of the same name.

The younger Mr Goggins, aged 60, had been in Parliament since 1997.

He had been in hospital since collapsing while out running with his son on December 30.

He was the MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Greater Manchester, at the time of his death, aged 60.

His Liberal Democrat relative, of High Street, Abbots Langley, said: “We were both members of a good family and we are all obviously very sad.

“We were getting regular updates from his brother, another of my nephews, while Paul was in hospital.

“He did a great job as an MP and had a terrific amount of praise from all sides of the house, irrespective of political affiliation.

“I watched Prime Minister’s Questions the day after his death and the whole day was full of tributes being paid to Paul.

“I feel very sad, but I was proud to bear the same name as him.”

Speaking about the late father of three, Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “I want to pay tribute to our friend and colleague, Paul Goggins.

“He was one of the kindest, most decent people in this house and he was someone of the deepest principle.

“It is a measure of the man and his ability that he earned the respect, trust and affection of all sides in Northern Ireland.

“The Labour Party has lost one of its own and one of its best. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, his children and indeed his whole family.”

Current and former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair and former Liberal Democrat Party leader Menzies Campbell were also among the politicians who paid tribute to the late MP this week.

 

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