Former Labour MP Eadie dies

Mr Eadie served the Scottish Labour Party from 1966 to 1992

FORMER MP Alex Eadie has died at the age of 91.

MrEadie served as the MP for Midlothian from 1966 until he retired 1992.

Today the Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont paid tribute to him.

He said: “Alex Eadie was a great socialist, co-operator and Member of Parliament for Midlothian. Starting out as a miner, he was a mainstay of the National Union of Mineworkers before being elected to  local government in Fife and then going on to be the MP for Midlothian. He served in both the Wilson and Callaghan Governments but his first priority was always those of his constituents.

“He will be remembered very fondly by the Labour colleagues who always respected his sage advice and down-to-earth manner. Even in his later years he remained an enthusiastic and passionate political debater and fan of his football team, East Fife.”

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown added: “This is very sad news. Alex served diligently both as a Fife Councillor then as a much-loved MP for Midlothian for almost a quarter of a century. He distinguished himself as a minister in Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan’s governments. Our thoughts are with all of his family”.

Mr Eadie was educated at Buckhaven High, Fife.

He served as a member of the Scottish Labour Party executive and as a councillor on Fife County Council, chairing the housing and education committees.

While working as an MP, he served as junior minister for Energy during the Labour government of 1974 to 1979.

His daughter-in-law Helen Eadie is a Member of the Scottish Parliament.