Ernie Ross: Tributes to the former Member of Parliament for Dundee who was “a passionate voice against injustice”


Mr Ross, who was the Member of Parliament for Dundee West from 1979 to 2005, died on Sunday.

Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar paid tribute, saying Mr Ross was a “passionate voice against injustice, not only in Dundee but around the world”.

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He added, “Whether campaigning to save the local dental hospital or for human rights overseas, he knew the importance of using the privilege of politics to defend those who could not defend themselves.

Former Dundee West MP Ernie Ross

“Across Parliament and the Labor Party he was a trusted confidant, advisor and friend. “My thoughts and those of the entire Scottish Labor family are with June, her beloved family and her many friends.”

Michael Marra, Labor MSP for North East Scotland, said Mr Ross “passed away peacefully in Dundee”.

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Writing on Twitter, he said: “He was a lovely man, totally devoted to his family and a friend to many.

“He felt incredible joy when a Labor government was elected in 1997.

“For eight years, he never stopped smiling, repeatedly passing laws that have helped his constituents and the country.

“He gave me my first job in politics when he told UK Secretary General David Triesman that I was to be employed as an organizer in Dundee.

“The first one I got to know was a call saying I had to start the following Monday. The person in charge of the party budget has not yet forgiven me.

He said Mr Ross had played a “critical role” in the history of the University of Dundee. “

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