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Husband pays tribute to loved MP
Mo Mowlam at Teesside University
Ms Mowlam's life will be celebrated at a special service
The husband of the former Redcar MP Mo Mowlam has paid tribute to his wife during a memorial service in the town.

Speaking during the service at St Peter's Church, Redcar, Jon Norton, said: "She changed the world in her short life, and was loved for it."

The memorial also included a reading of Ms Mowlam's favourite poem, Macavity, the Mystery Cat, by TS Elliot and a performance by singer Suzanne Clarke.

Ms Mowlam, who was Redcar MP from 1987 to 2001, died in August aged 55.

Mr Norton said: "We will all miss Mo. She was an extraordinary wife, step mum, representative of the people of Redcar and minister.

"She changed the world in her short life, and was loved for it. I know we will all miss her. I do and I love her.

"I was married to Mo for ten years. Less time than she was MP for Redcar, a place she loved.

She was a key element in the achievement of the Good Friday Agreement
Jon Norton, husband of Mo Mowlam

"She touched the hearts of so many, she inspired so many, and gave comfort to many in distress."

He also paid tribute to her success as Northern Ireland secretary.

"Obviously, what she will be most remembered for by the world is what she did in Northern Ireland.

"She was a key element in the achievement of the Good Friday Agreement - an historic achievement in which so many people played a crucial part," he added.

During the service there was also a collection for Zoe's Place, the local children's hospice and the RNLI Redcar and Teesmouth.

The music was provided by local musicians, the Marske Fishermen's Choir and the children of Wheatlands Primary School, which Ms Mowlam opened during her time as the town's MP.

A working party is to meet in the New Year to look at ideas put forward by the public for a permanent memorial.




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