Frank Field loss of life: Former Labour minister dies aged 81 after most cancers battle | EUROtoday

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Former Labour minister and crossbench peer Frank Field has died aged 81, his household has introduced.

Lord Field had been identified with terminal most cancers.

An announcement from Lord Field of Birkenhead’s household, issued by his Parliamentary workplace, mentioned: “Frank Field (Rt Hon Lord Field of Birkenhead, CH) has died at the age of 81 following a period of illness.

“Frank was director of the Child Poverty Action Group between 1969 and 1979, and the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead between 1979 and 2019.

Former Labour minister and crossbench peer Frank Field has died at the age of 81 (Yui Mok/PA) (PA Archive)

“During that time, he served as a Minister for Welfare Reform and led the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances. He also chaired the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee (and its predecessor Committee on Social Services and Social Security) as well as the Joint Committee on the Draft Modern Slavery Bill.

“In 2020, Frank entered the House of Lords as the Rt Hon the Lord Field of Birkenhead, was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2022 New Year Honours and continued to serve on the boards of Cool Earth, Feeding Britain and the Frank Field Education Trust.

“Frank is survived by two brothers.

“He will be mourned by admirers across politics but above all he will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to have enjoyed his laughter and friendship.”

His loss of life comes two and a half years after he revealed he was terminally in poor health after spending time in a hospice . At the time, he got here out in help of an assisted dying invoice being debated within the House of Lords, although he was not effectively sufficient to take part within the debate.

Lord Field was the Labour MP for Birkenhead for nearly 40 years earlier than resigning the celebration whip over the antisemitism disaster beneath Jeremy Corbyn. He fashioned his personal celebration, the Birkenhead Social Justice Party, earlier than dropping his seat on the 2019 normal election.

He was then made Lord Field of Birkenhead, a crossbench peer.

In a shifting second within the House of Lords final yr, Lord Field appeared within the chamber of the House of Lords in a wheelchair to pledge his allegiance to the King.

The former minister waved to colleagues who then shouted “hear, hear” in help of him. He had beforehand spoken about his willpower to take the oath to the King, which all friends are required to do after the loss of life of a monarch.

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