Politicians praise life of Michael Foot
4th March 2010
Tributes from across the political spectrum have been paid to former Labour leader Michael Foot, who died yesterday (March 3rd) at the age of 96.
Prime minister Gordon Brown described the politician and writer as being of 'deep principle and passionate idealism', claiming he was one of the most eloquent orators the nation has ever heard.
'He was an indomitable figure who always stood up for his beliefs and whether people agreed with him or not they admired his character and his steadfastness,' Mr Brown added.
Ray Collins, general secretary of the Labour Party, said Mr Foot's death is 'sad news' and praised his intelligence, courage and tireless campaigning for social justice.
Conservative leader David Cameron passed on his condolences to the politician's friends and family, before highlighting the Labour stalwart's lifelong commitment to public service and making the UK a better place to live.
Mr Cameron also claimed Mr Foot will be remembered for his talents in public speaking and writing, as well as taking up the fight against the rise of fascism in the 1930s.
Further tribute was paid by Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, who said that Mr Foot was a 'great parliamentarian, a great intellectual and a great idealist'.