Tributes paid to NUM stalwart

Former MP and Nottinghamshire NUM staklwart  Jimmy Hood,who has died aged 69.
Former MP and Nottinghamshire NUM staklwart Jimmy Hood,who has died aged 69.

Tributes have been paid to former Labour MP and Nottinghamshire mining stalwart Jimmy Hood, who has died aged 69.

Mr Hood held his seat in Parliament for 28 years, representing Clydesdale from 1987 to 2005, and Lanark and Hamilton East from 2005 to 2015, when he lost to the SNP.

It was during his time in the Nottinghamshire collieries as a mining engineer that his passion for politics became realised.

In 1973, he became the youngest elected miners’ union leader in Nottinghamshire at the age of 24 and was elected as a councillor for Newark and Sherwood in 1977.

His political values were put to the test as a leader of the Nottingham striking miners throughout the 1984-85 national miners’ strike.

He was first elected to Parliament in June 1987.

Dennis Skinner, Bolsover MP, said: “He was a very principled man and will be sadly missed.

“He came down from Scotland and became the branch NUM secretary at Ollerton, one of the biggest in the Nottinghamshire area.

“He was always very much on the left and until he retired was one of the few remaining miners in Parliament.

“He was magnificent during the pit strike.

“The NUM in Nottinghamshire was split and he stood out a mile, he never wavered a second. He was also a very talented writer and could easily have become a journalist.”

Alan Spencer from Nottingham branch of the NUM said:”Jimmy was well liked and respected in Nottinghamshire. He ran the Ollerton Strike centre in the miners’ strike. He will be sadly missed”

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and former prime minister Gordon Brown led tributes to Mr Hood.

Mr Leonard said: “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of my friend and comrade Jimmy’s passing.

“His hard work and dedication to those communities will never be forgotten.”