Ex-Labour leader Michael Foot dies aged 96

Wednesday March 3, 2010

Politician Michael Foot, who led the Labour Party for three years in the Eighties, has died aged 96.

Mr Foot, an MP for 42 years, succeeded James Callaghan as Labour leader in 1980, but resigned after a heavy defeat to Margaret Thatcher in the 1983 election.

A well-known left-wing rebel, he started his career as journalist – editing the London Evening Standard by the time he was 28 – before entering parliament in 1945.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown led the tributes, calling him a politician "of deep principle and passionate idealism".

Conservative leader David Cameron said he was "a very intelligent, witty, amusing and thoughtful man".

Mr Foot died at his home in Hampstead, north London, on Wednesday morning. He had been ill for some time and had been receiving round-the-clock care.

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