(SKY NEWS) LABOUR MP Paul Flynn has died after serving his Newport West constituency for 32 years, his local association has confirmed.
The 84-year-old briefly served as shadow secretary of state for Wales and shadow leader of the House of Commons during his career.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has paid tribute, calling him a “good friend” with a “dry wit” and an “independent thinker”.
Mr Flynn, known for for his passionate support of the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, announced in October he was standing down as an MP at the next election due to illness.
The MP, who has not been seen in the Commons in recent months, said he would “wait for a convenient time to go” and had “loved every minute” of his time in Westminster.
He added: “It’s been a great, wonderful, rich experience.
“I lasted 31 years.”