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Tony Blair tribute to Gerald Kaufman

“Gerald was an extraordinary man, passionate, principled, acerbic and absolutely dedicated to the cause of social justice and the Labour Party. 

 
“From his early days working for Harold Wilson to his staunch and unstinting support to me as Labour Leader for 13 years, he was a source of shrewd advice and incredible political insight.  
 
“When I came into Parliament in 1983 after an electoral disaster he accurately predicted we immediately became friends. We used to lunch together ‎and discuss endlessly how Labour came back to power. Then if either of us had a big Parliamentary occasion, we’d sit together to work out the best lines of attack and defence. 
 
“Of course he was an immensely rounded figure with a profound love of the arts and an inexhaustible knowledge of films. This made him not just a great wit but a fascinating companion. 
 
“When I saw him a few weeks back, though very ill, he was the same old Gerald - kind, supportive and full of the best reminiscences of our time together. 
 
“I will miss him very much as will his constituents of Manchester Gorton to who he was devoted.”

“From his early days working for Harold Wilson to his staunch and unstinting support to me as Labour Leader for 13 years, he was a source of shrewd advice and incredible political insight.  

“When I came into Parliament in 1983 after an electoral disaster he accurately predicted we immediately became friends. We used to lunch together ‎and discuss endlessly how Labour came back to power. Then if either of us had a big Parliamentary occasion, we’d sit together to work out the best lines of attack and defence. 

“Of course he was an immensely rounded figure with a profound love of the arts and an inexhaustible knowledge of films. This made him not just a great wit but a fascinating companion. 

“When I saw him a few weeks back, though very ill, he was the same old Gerald - kind, supportive and full of the best reminiscences of our time together. 

“I will miss him very much as will his constituents of Manchester Gorton to who he was devoted.”