My first MP has died. RIP Jack Ashley. As a kid, I vaguely thought he was King of Stoke and that he was ceremonially reaffirmed in this position every four or five years. Come to think of it, that's more or less how it was. And of course there was this:
Ashley won the seat of Stoke-on-Trent South in 1966, but lost his hearing less than two years later after an unsuccessful ear operation.
He recalled in his autobiography that the last voice he heard was that of the late rugby commentator Eddie Waring.
Eddie Waring echoing in your head over and over again down the decades. A truly awful fate.
As you can see from the obit he was a good, solid MP who got a lot done. I liked the fact that when he got his Lordship he didn't become Lord Jacques of Madeup Poncyname in the County of Bollocks, something Labour MPs seem a bit prone to, but plain old Lord Jack of Stoke, as though he was actually proud of it.