FORMER Labour MP, leftwinger and party stalwart Jimmy Hood has died aged 69.
Leading tributes, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said he was “deeply saddened” to hear the death of his “friend and comrade” yesterday morning.
Mr Hood was an MP for 28 years, representing Clydesdale from 1987 to 2005 and then Lanark and Hamilton East until 2015, when he lost to the SNP.
He had previously been a mining engineer.
Mr Leonard said: “Before his election to Parliament, Jimmy was a National Union of Mineworkers official, leading the striking miners in the Nottinghamshire coalfield.
“He courageously stood up for jobs, communities and his class against the brutal policies of the Thatcher government.
“Jimmy took all that experience into front-line politics, serving the community in Lanark and Hamilton East, and in Clydesdale, for almost three decades. His hard work and dedication to those communities will never be forgotten.
“The Scottish Labour movement is in mourning today and, on behalf of all of us, I pass on our sympathies to his wife Marion.”