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Corbyn leads tributes to former Labour MEP

Activist Stan Newens, who died on Tuesday aged 91, 'gave his life to social justice'

05 March, 2021

Stan Newens with Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn

TRIBUTES have been paid to devoted politician Stan Newens, who represented Islington in the European Parliament for more than 15 years.

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn praised the 91-year-old, who died on Tuesday, as a man who “gave his life to social justice, the Labour movement, and the people who elected him”.

Mr Newens, who celebrated his 90th birthday in Mr Corbyn’s Westminster office in February last year, represented Central London as an MEP, covering Islington as well as Camden, from 1984 to 1999.

He was an active figure in Labour Party circles in both boroughs.

Mr Corbyn said: “Stan brought to us all much knowledge of so many different parts of the world from his mini-travels, and via his meetings with people living in exile hoping for better times in their home countries.”

He added: “I am so sad at his passing.”

Mr Newens was born in Bethnal Green, east London, in 1930 and grew to become a prominent socialist activist after he was sent to work in the coal mines after declaring himself a conscientious objector during the Second World War.

He was later a fierce critic of the Vietnam War and other American and British overseas military interventions.

He served as an MP for Epping for four years in the 1960s and for Harlow for nine years between 1974 and 1983.

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