Sir Gerald was the oldest serving MP in Westminster, so given the title of “Father of The House of Commons” [Image: PA].

Perhaps the saddest aspect of this is that it will trigger another by-election, meaning another round of media attacks on the Labour Party.

It does, however, present an opportunity for Labour to pull itself together, for the party’s unfaithful MPs to get back in line and put the Tories – and all the other right-wing loonies – firmly in their place.

How much news coverage will be devoted to Sir Gerald Kaufman and his contribution to politics, I wonder?

Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of The House of Commons, has died aged 86.

A family spokesman made the announcement late on Sunday night.

Sir Gerald had been an MP in the North West since 1970 and became the oldest serving member of the Commons in 2015.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn led tributes, calling him an “iconic and irascible figure”. Former leader Ed Miliband said he was “an outstanding servant of the Labour movement”.

Source: Labour MP Gerald Kaufman dies at 86 – BBC News

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