I am shocked and saddened by the death of Michael Meacher, MP for Oldham West. Below is my tribute to him:
"Michael spent his life devoted to the Labour movement and our socialist values.
"He served with distinction both as an MP since 1970 and in Labour governments, but his constituency of Oldham West was always closest to his heart.
"He was an indefatigable champion for social justice, decency and fairness and was particularly enthused by the election of our new Leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
"It is such a tragedy for Labour that he cannot now make what would have been an extremely valuable contribution to the development of Labour over the next few years in the run-up to the next General Election.
"As a new MP he gave me valuable advice and support - he was a true comrade. My heart goes out to all his family, friends and loved ones. The Labour movement will miss him enormously."