Frank Dobson, the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras South between 1979 and 1983 and for the constituency of Holborn and St Pancras between 1983 and 2015, has died in York at the age of 79.
Dobson served as the Secretary of State for Health between 1997 and 1999, before standing down to prepare for a bid to become London Mayor. Dobson came third in the 2000 Mayoral elections following the decision of Ken Livingstone, previously a Labour MP, to stand in the election.
Tony Blair, the Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, said in a statement that:
“Frank made an immense contribution to getting Labour back into power in the 1990”.
Sadiq Khan, the current London Mayor, posted on Twitter:
“So sad to hear the news about Frank Dobson. A hero of the London Labour movement – his kindness, commitment to reducing inequality, and unique sense of humour will be much missed. Sending love to his family.”