Ed Miliband MP, Leader of Labour Party, responding to the death of Sir Stuart Bell MP, said:
"Sir Stuart's death will come as a huge blow to his family and many friends and colleagues.
"He spent the long years of opposition fighting for the Labour Party to regain power and championed, throughout his life, the many causes that were close to his heart. He resigned from the opposition front bench to pursue his calls for justice for the children and families of the Cleveland child abuse scandal.
"He served the House of Commons and the Church of England as the Church Commissioner, a position he held for thirteen years and was a passionate campaigner on European issues.
"The son of a North East miner Stuart was fiercely proud to represent Middlesbrough.
"Stuart was a dedicated family man and had a formidable partnership with his wife Margaret. All our thoughts are with her and his children."