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Thursday, 9 March, 2000, 19:03 GMT
Former MP Robert Parry dies

Robert Parry retired at the last general election
Former Labour MP Robert Parry has died aged 67 following a short illness.

The left-wing former Member for Liverpool Riverside had been in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for the past 10 days.

Mr Parry, a diabetic, was an MP for 27 years before retiring at the last general election following a stroke and a subsequent heart-bypass operation.

Speaking from his home in Liverpool, Robert's brother Jimmy, himself a former Liverpool councillor, said his brother died on Thursday morning.

"Although we used to battle like cat and dog, he was a good man and must have helped an awful lot of people in Liverpool over the years," he said.

Mr Parry, often known as Bob, entered the Commons in 1970 when his constituency was known as Liverpool Exchange.

Arrested in Beijing

He was a fierce hard-line left-wing MP who once branded Neil Kinnock a "traitor" over the then Labour leader's repeated denunciation of the Militant Tendency activists who dominated local government on Merseyside.

Mr Parry, who was arrested by the Chinese in Beijing when he and his colleagues unfurled a massacre protest banner in Tiananmen Square in 1992, was once prominently named in a list compiled by the Conservatives of Labour MPs with Militant sympathies.

He was one of a small band of committed and vociferous left-wingers who proved a thorn in the side of the Labour leadership during the party's massive purge on Militant "infiltrators" during the 1980s.

Mr Parry was dogged by ill-health during the closing years of his life, but he continued to oppose any policy moves which he saw as edging Labour away from pure socialism.

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