Usdaw mourns the loss of the Father of the House, Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

Date: 27 February 2017 Shopworkers' trade union leader John Hannett has paid tribute to Sir Gerald Kaufman following the announcement of his death on Sunday evening. He was first elected as the MP for Manchester Ardwick in 1970 and then Manchester Gorton from 1983.

John Hannett - Usdaw General Secretary says: “Sir Gerald was an incredibly talented Labour politician, a true friend of Usdaw and a phenomenal constituency MP. He will be deeply missed by his constituents and the Labour and trade union movement. Our thoughts are with Sir Gerald's family at this time.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 440,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

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