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Labour MP Paul Flynn has died after serving his Newport West constituency for 32 years, his local association has confirmed.

The 84-year-old briefly served as shadow secretary of state for Wales and shadow leader of the House of Commons during his career.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute, calling him a “good friend” with a “dry wit” and an “independent thinker”.

Mr Flynn had announced in October he was standing down as an MP at the next election due to illness.

Newport West Labour posted on Twitter on Sunday night: “It’s with great sadness that we let you know that our MP, Paul Flynn, had died today.

“Paul is a hero to many of us in the Newport Labour family and we mourn for his family’s loss.

“We would ask that the privacy of Paul’s family is respected at this difficult time.”

Labour MP Paul Flynn speaking at a cannabis tea party held by the United Patients Alliance outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 17, 2019
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Labour MP Paul Flynn speaking at a cannabis tea party held by the United Patients Alliance outside the Houses of Parliament in London on February 17, 2019

Mr Flynn was known for his passionate support of the legalisation of medicinal cannabis.

First Minister of Wales and Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford said the MP was a “giant of the Welsh Labour movement”.

He added: “Today’s news will be a source of great sadness to all those who knew him.

“He was one of the most effective communicators of his generation – inside the House of Commons and outside. But it was Paul’s willingness to speak up for causes beyond the political mainstream which marked him out as a politician of real courage and integrity.

“I first met him more than 35 years ago, and it has been a privilege to have worked with him, in the run-up to the devolution era and beyond.”

Rupa Huq, Labour MP for Ealing Central Acton, said: “Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Flynn MP.

“We served on @CommonsPACAC together and he was a fearless promoter of the cannabis legalisation private members bill.”

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