Farewell to a great Labour hero
As I am sure you know, on Thursday morning we lost Harry Leslie Smith, the fiercest of voices against austerity and one of the finest men I have had the honour to meet.
Harry, 95, was the champion of the poor, of the vulnerable, of the refugee and, of course, our wonderful National Health Service.
He spent his last years campaigning passionately in favour of the better society that emerged from the war he fought in, and the Great Depression he lived through.
Harry called out the greed and materialism that threatens the existence of that better society, and through his words and deeds will remain an inspiration to all in the Labour movement engaged in the fight for justice and fairness.
The world today is a far better place for his being, and a far sadder place with his loss. Harry, I salute you.