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MPs' tribute to BBC's Ivan Noble
Ivan's final column
Ivan's final column, which was published last week
A group of MPs has tabled a Commons motion paying tribute to BBC News website writer Ivan Noble, who died from a brain tumour on Monday aged 37.

The motion, backed by nine Liberal Democrat MPs, expresses "admiration" for Ivan's courage and offers condolences to his family.

Ivan, who was first diagnosed with cancer in August 2002, kept an online diary of his fight against the disease.

This gave "inspiration" to his thousands of readers, the motion says.

Ivan started writing his tumour diary shortly after his diagnosis with the aim of demystifying the disease and helping people to talk freely about it.

It provoked a huge response from readers around the world, a selection of which was published on the BBC News website along with each instalment of the diary.

It included his hopes and fears as his cancer went into remission but then started to worsen in November 2004.

The final instalment of Ivan's diary was published last week.

The text of the motion reads: "That this House notes with deep regret the recent death of the BBC Online journalist Ivan Noble; expresses its admiration for his courageous fight against cancer; acknowledges the inspiration that his online diaries have given to so many people; and expresses its condolences to his family."

The MPs backing it are Don Foster, Nick Harvey, Archy Kirkwood, Mike Hancock, Parmjit Singh Gill, Paul Burstow, Lembit Opik, Richard Allan and Tom Brake.

A collection of Ivan's diaries is to be published later this year by Hodder. The BBC agreed with Ivan that any proceeds it might make would go to a charity of his choice.



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