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In quotes: Death of John MacDougall

Figures from across the political spectrum have paid tribute to Labour MP John MacDougall, who has died after battling Mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs.

GORDON BROWN, UK PRIME MINISTER

John MacDougall gave more than 30 years of distinguished public service to Fife and he will be remembered as a true servant of the people. Over three decades, he has been a good personal friend of mine.

HELEN EADIE, LABOUR MSP FOR DUNFERMLINE EAST
His death means the loss of a good friend and a good colleague, and it is very upsetting for all of us in Fife that we have lost someone who has dedicated all of his adult life to serving the Labour Party.

ANGUS ROBERTSON, SNP MP FOR MORAY

We may have been on opposite sides in the House of Commons, but John carried the respect of people right across the chamber and was passionate for the issues he believed in and the welfare of his constituents, which he cared about deeply.

HENRY McLEISH, FORMER SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER

He has been a great champion for all issues related to Fife, he has been a very hard-working MP and a tremendous constituency MP and, of course, over the last two years in particular he has been fighting hard against his illness. All said, a very sad day for the family and a great loss to the Kingdom of Fife.

SIR MENZIES CAMPBELL, LIB DEM MP FOR NORTH EAST FIFE

His courageous fight against illness in recent times meant parliament was denied his shrewd interventions on so many issues.

TRICIA MARWICK, SNP MSP FOR FIFE CENTRAL

As a councillor, the leader of Fife Council and an MP, he has left a legacy and will be missed by many people.

DAVID MUNDELL, SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE MP

John was a kind and decent man who was dedicated to the service of the people of Fife, with distinguished service both in parliament and local government.

DES BROWNE, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SCOTLAND
John was an excellent member of parliament and will be sadly missed by colleagues of all parties. He was a doughty fighter for the people of Fife over many years, as a trade unionist, long-standing councillor and dedicated MP.

DR KEITH PROWSE, BRITISH LUNG FOUNDATION

Mesothelioma is a cruel cancer which, at present, has no cure. We will continue to press for more research into the disease so effective treatments may be found.




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