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Baroness Glenys Kinnock dead: Former MEP and wife of ex-Labour leader Neil dies aged 79 as family share tributes


Baroness Glenys Kinnock of Holyhead, the wife of former Labour leader Neil has died at the age of 79.

The family has shared tributes for the former MEP.

Glenys Kinnock has died at the age of 79

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Glenys Kinnock has died at the age of 79

In a statement, her family said: “It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Glenys Kinnock.

“Glenys died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Sunday morning, at home in London.

“She was the beloved wife and life partner of Neil, the cherished mother of Steve and Rachel and an adored grandmother.

“Neil was with her in her final moments. They had been married for 56 years.

“A proud democratic socialist, she campaigned, in Britain and internationally, for justice and against poverty all her life.”

Continuing their tributes to Lady Kinnock, her family said: “Passionate to the end about education, she was a valued and respected school teacher before she began her own political career, as a Member of the European Parliament, then being made a peer in the House of Lords from where she served as minister for three of the great passions of her life, Europe, Africa and the UN.

“She was a great friend to many people and causes and was truly loved.

“Glenys endured Alzheimer’s after being diagnosed in 2017 and, as long as she could, sustained her merriment and endless capacity for love, never complaining and with the innate courage with which she had confronted every challenge throughout her life.

“The family is of course devastated and and would ask that their privacy be respected.

Funeral details will be communicated in due course.”

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