My statement on the passing of Tam Dalyell

I’m so sad to hear of the death of my good friend and comrade Tam Dalyell. Our thoughts are with his family.

Tam was a titan of parliamentary scrutiny, fearless in pursuit of the truth. From Iraq to the miners’ strike, he doggedly fought to expose official wrongdoing and cover ups.

The title of his autobiography summed Tam up to a tee: ‘The Importance of Being Awkward.’

But he was much more than that: Tam was an outstanding parliamentarian, a socialist and internationalist, and a champion of the underdog, here and abroad.