Friend’s passing a great loss to many

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TYNEMOUTH Labour Party paid tribute to Paddy Cosgrove after hearing the sad news of his death.

Paddy was a leading figure in the Labour movement who had an unwavering commitment to working towards a fair and just society for all, whether at a local or global level.

At times he differed with the direction of the Labour Party, specifically the Iraq war, which he expressed on many occasions in the News Guardian’s letter pages.

He was a prolific writer, even in the later stages of his illness he would still write to the News Guardian arguing for a cause or belief.

His arguments were skilfully presented, analytical and from the heart.

He strove to put his ideals into practise; he worked with the local Labour Party to improve the lives and well-being of people across the borough.

His commitment to Whitley Bay was unwavering; he would support or disagree with both sides of the political divide if he thought a policy for the town good or bad. He put the town and people first.

Paddy Cosgrove will not only be a great loss to the Labour Party and the Labour movement, he will be a loss to Whitley Bay and a great loss as a friend.

CAROLE GAMBLING

Chairwoman Tynemouth Labour Party

BRIAN BURDIS

Secretary

Tynemouth Labour Party