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Tributes paid to trade union stalwart Simeon Andrews

COMRADES paid tribute last night to stalwart trade unionist Simeon Andrews, Conrad Landin writes.

Mr Andrews, whose death was announced by the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group, worked as a researcher for trade unions in Parliament.

He worked closely with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell both before and during their elevation to Labour’s leadership.

Mr McDonnell led the tributes by offering “our sympathies to his family” at Treasury questions in the Commons yesterday.

Labour’s Ian Mearns said he was “completely shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely death of great friend and great comrade.”

The Gateshead MP described Mr Andrews as “a tireless fighter for the movement” and offered “heartfelt sympathy and love to his family.”

SNP trade union group convener Chris Stephens said it was “very sad news,” praising Mr Andrews as “very helpful in all our dealings” and “an outstanding trade union co-ordinator.”

Probation union Napo national official Tania Bassett called him “a wonderful man and a great comrade.”


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