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Labour peer Lord Ashley, 89, dies

Category: England

Published: 21st Apr 2012 11:35:26

Disabled rights campaigner Lord Ashley of Stoke has died aged 89.

The former Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent died on Friday night after a short battle with pneumonia, his family said.

The country's first deaf MP, Jack Ashley represented Stoke-on-Trent for 26 years until 1992 when he was made a Labour peer.

Born in Widnes, Lord Ashley was best known as a vigorous campaigner for disabled rights and was a supporter of those affected by the drug Thalidomide.

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