Oldham Council saddened by death of Michael Meacher MP

Oldham Council is saddened to learn of the death of Michael Meacher – an Honorary Freeman of the Borough and MP for Oldham West and Royton.

Mr Meacher, a Labour MP and former minister, has died after a short illness.

The 75-year-old had been an MP since 1970 and retained his seat with a 14,738 majority at May’s general election.

In April 2013 he was awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough at Full Council in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the local community.

Mr Meacher served as an environment minister during Tony Blair’s first administration from 1997 and later spent time as shadow transport secretary and in other front bench roles.

Along with Sir Gerald Kaufman, Kenneth Clarke and Dennis Skinner he was the longest-serving MP in the House of Commons.

Mr Meacher was married to Lucianne and has four children and nine grandchildren.