VIDEO :Hundreds mourn MP Harry Harpham at Sheffield Cathedral


By Sheena Sidhu


Hundreds of mourners packed the Cathedral this week to pay their respects to the late MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

More than 300 people attended the funeral service on the  bitterly cold Tuesday afternoon, to remember the late Labour MP Harry Harpham.

Among the attendees were Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and deputy leader Tom Watson.

Paying tribute, Mr Corbyn said during the service: “Harry was a proud socialist who had also been a proud miner.

“He was dedicated to justice for working people and despite the undoubted hardship that his support for the miners’ strike would have caused him, as it did many thousands of miners, Harry recently told me he would have done it all again.”

Mr Harpham was a trade unionist member of the NUM and took part in the miners’ strike at the Nottinghamshire pit in the 1980s, He died on February 4 after losing a brief battle with cancer.

For the last week, the flag has been flying half mast at Sheffield Town Hall.

He made his last speech in parliament as recently as two weeks ago when he challenged David Cameron over the loss of 100 jobs at Sheffield Forgemasters.

The 61 year old was the MP for Brightside and Hillsborough for nine months before his illness tragically cut his term short. He leaves his wife Gill and his five children.

He served as the deputy leader of Sheffield Council before being elected as an MP in May of last year.

A by-election will be held in the constituency to succeed him.

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