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12 May 1994: MPs mourn Smith's death

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Business was suspended in Parliament as a mark of respect for opposition leader John Smith, who died after two heart attacks on 12 May 1994.

His political adversary John Major led tributes in the Commons to the man many people believed would succeed him as prime minister.

Labour deputy leader Margaret Beckett, who was a close friend of Mr Smith, quoted from a speech that he had delivered the previous night at a fundraising dinner she had attended with him: "The opportunity to serve our country - that is all we ask."

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