NEWS — 08 January 2014

By staff reporter

The Labour MP, a former Northern Ireland and Home Office minister has died aged 60, just over a week after he collapsed while out jogging.

Mr Goggins, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Greater Manchester, was out with his son when he fell to the ground and was rushed to hospital.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the party had lost one of its most “dignified, humane, wise and loyal” parliamentarians, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair called Mr Goggins a “lovely man” and an “outstanding public servant”.

The Manchester-born father of three,was director of the Church Action on Poverty campaign group before becoming an MP in 1997. He had trained as a social worker before running a children’s home.

In a statement his family said: “Last night Paul Goggins, our dear dad and husband, died in hospital in Salford with us by his side. We are completely heartbroken.

“He had been very ill since collapsing last week. The way in which he has been cared for at Salford Royal has been such a comfort to us and we can’t thank the staff enough for this.

“Paul was a man of deep faith whose commitment and strong values shone through everything he did.”

Mr Goggins started out as parliamentary private secretary to then Education Secretary David Blunkett, moving with Mr Blunkett when he became home secretary.

He became a Home Office minister in 2003, in 2006 going to the Northern Ireland Office.

 

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