Disabled rights campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke died on Friday night aged 89.
The former Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent passed away after a short battle with pneumonia, his family said.
Jack Ashley represented the city for 26 years until he was made a Labour peer in 1992 and was successful in getting compensation for the victims of Thalidomide and completely changing the legal basis for disability rights.
Louise Medus-Mansell, chair of the Thalidomide Society, paid tribute to Lord Ashley and told the Today programme's James Naughtie that he fought so fiercely for the Thalidomide generation through parliament and the papers yet he was so humble.
He pushed for justice which wasn't there at the time for Thalidomides, she said.
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