Tributes have been paid to a long-serving former Labour MP described as a “campaigner for social justice” who has died on the age of 84.
Peter Pike served as MP for Burnley from 1983 to 2005 after becoming a member of the Labour occasion in 1956.
The daddy of two sat on a number of committees and teams and was among the many Labour backbench rebels who voted in opposition to the battle in Iraq. In December 2013, his function within the anti-apartheid motion was praised in Parliament throughout tributes to former anti-apartheid activist and South African president Nelson Mandela.
He was re-elected as chairman of Burnley Constituency Labour Occasion in 2015 however stepped down a 12 months later
Political figures described Pike as a “true gentleman” and “campaigner for social justice” after his loss of life was introduced by his daughters Carol and Jane on Monday.
The Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, stated: “It’s very unhappy information listening to of the loss of life of Peter. He was Labour via and thru, a terrific MP for Burnley, ideas are along with his household.”
The previous Labour MP Mike Gapes stated: “I’m so sorry to learn this. Peter was a very good parliamentary colleague, an internationalist and campaigner for social justice. My ideas are along with his household and buddies.”
Sir Mark Hendrick, the Labour MP for Preston, stated: “Unhappy to listen to of the loss of life of my buddy ex-Burnley MP Peter Pike. He helped me drastically in 1994 as Lancs European parliamentary candidate and after I stood for the Commons in 2000. His passions had been housing and preventing racial discrimination. Enormous Burnley FC fan. RIP Peter.”
Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, stated on Twitter: “Unhappy information. He was a beautiful, beneficiant man.”
Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson tweeted: “Unhappy to listen to Peter Pike (Labour MP for Burnley 1983-2005) has died.
“I at all times discovered Peter a real gentleman & we just lately chatted in regards to the privilege of attending the large number of native occasions all MPs get to attend. My ideas & prayers are along with his daughters, Carol and Jane.”
The previous mayor of Burnley Wajid Khan stated: “Devastated and saddened on the lack of an expensive buddy, Peter Pike. He was one of many most interesting public servants Burnley has had. My condolences to the entire household. RIP Peter.”
Burnley Soccer Membership stated it was “deeply saddened” following Pike’s loss of life. “Everybody on the membership sends their condolences to Peter’s household and buddies at this very unhappy time,” it wrote.