Ed Miliband pays tribute to Jim Dobbin, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton in the borough of Rochdale, who has died whilst on a Council of Europe trip in Poland. Ed Miliband said:
“Jim’s death is a sad day for parliament. He was a dedicated public servant, representing the people of Rochdale Borough, both on the council and at Westminster, for three decades. Working in the NHS for more than 30 years, Jim had a deep passion for helping others.
“A lifelong committed Catholic, Jim always took a lead in fostering links between the Church and the Labour Party, and his strong faith informed every aspect of his political and public life. This was recognised by Pope Benedict XVI when he made Jim a Papal knight.
"I will miss Jim’s good friendship and decency. On behalf of the Labour Party, I offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Pat and, their children. We will all miss him."