Kevin McNamara, the former Labour MP for Hull North, has died at the age of 82

Kevin McNamara, who represented Hull North and Hull Central from 1966 until 2005, has died at the age of 82. He was the Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between 1987 and 1994, serving under Neil Kinnock and John Smith.

Before entering Parliament, McNamara had worked as a history teacher and law lecturer, before unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Bridlington in 1964. He held a junior shadow Ministerial post under Tony Blair when Labour was in opposition, but he didn’t have a Ministerial role when Labour returned to power.

McNamara was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and he died on 6 August 2017.