I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jimmy Hood, who was our Labour MP for Clydesdale for so many years’ service. He was a compassionate and committed constituency MP, and very generous with his time.
His work on the Defence Select Committee and European Legislation Select Committee in the House of Commons was often challenging and perhaps not so well known as his commitment to the labour movement, from his earlier days as a miner and with the NUM, right through. He was a fine mentor to me and gave me much wise and kind advice.
I will be attending his funeral to pay my respects and will be writing more here about Jimmy in the near future. My thoughts are with his so special family who were such a support to him throughout his political career.