Llew Smith, firebrand Labour Left-winger and passionate advocate for his Blaenau Gwent constituency – obituary
He was selected for Blaenau Gwent after Michael Foot announced his retirement and became a thorn in the side of Tony Blair’s government Llew Smith, who has died aged 77, was a radical socialist in the tradition of Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot, his Westminster predecessors; initially Labour MEP for South Wales East, he was Blaenau Gwent’s MP from 1992 to 2005.
Tributes have been paid to the "radical socialist" who held the seat for more than a decade Former Blaenau Gwent MP Llew Smith has died after a cancer battle, his family have said. The 77-year-old “radical socialist” succeeded Michael Foot as MP in 1992 and held the seat until he stood down at the 2005 election.
The First Minister has led tributes to the former Labour MP Llew Smith who has died. Mr Smith's family said that he passed away on Wednesday night after suffering from cancer. Llew Smith was MP for Blaenau Gwent from 1992 to 2005, taking over the seat from the former Labour party leader Michael Foot.
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