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Lord Stoddart of Swindon obituary

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Astute Labour politician admired for his decency and independent mind In his maiden speech in the Commons in 1970, David Stoddart spoke of the “honest, industrious and very canny” citizens of the busy industrial railway town of Swindon who had just elected him as their MP, in what was the only Labour gain of that election. His characterisation of his electorate was a description that might have been applied to the man himself, although “astute” would perhaps have been more appropriate than “canny”. He was a template for the sort of diligent decency found in the Labour party in his...
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