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Former Labour Minister Frank Field Dies Aged 81

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Frank Field, who was a member of the British Parliament and spent 40 years as the MP for Birkenhead, has reportedly died at the age of 81. An official cause of death has not been released, however, it has been revealed that Field died after a period of illness.

We can only assume that Field succumbed to his terminal cancer that put him in hospice care in 2021. He swore his oath to King Charles earlier this year while in a wheelchair.

He had also served as welfare reform minister in Tony Blair’s first government in 1997. He would later resign his position over disputes with Jeremy Corbyn.

A statement from Field’s family on his passing reads,

Frank Field (Rt Hon Lord Field of Birkenhead, CH) has died at the age of 81 following a period of illness.

Frank was director of the Child Poverty Action Group between 1969 and 1979, and the member of parliament for Birkenhead between 1979 and 2019.

During that time, he served as a minister for welfare reform and led the independent review on poverty and life chances. He also chaired the House of Commons work and pensions select committee (and its predecessor, committee on social services and social security) as well as the joint committee on the draft modern slavery bill.

He will be mourned by admirers across politics but above all he will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to have enjoyed his laughter and friendship.”

Field’s family

Dame Angela Eagle, a former Labour minister said about the death of Field,

“Very sad news. Always supportive of me as his Parliamentary neighbour, brimming with ideas to make society better – a great champion of his Birkenhead constituents: RIP Frank”

Dame Angela Eagle

The former leader is survived by his two brothers. Field’s dedication to politics is a shining example to anybody who wants to succeed in life pursuing their passion. Rest in peace, Lord Field!

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