Statement on the death of Harry Harpham

The news of the death of Harry Harpham is extremely sad and I send my deepest condolences to his family.

Harry was a proud socialist who had also been a proud miner.

He was dedicated to justice for working people and despite the undoubted hardship that his support for the miners’ strike would have caused him, as it did many thousands of miners, Harry recently told me he would have done it all again.

Harry was able to use his background and experience in energy to serve Labour in the Shadow Department for Energy and Climate Change and I was proud that he agreed to serve in our team.

To the very end he was fighting for working people in parliament.  What a decent man he was and he will be sadly missed by all his friends in the Labour Party.