A FORMER Sunderland MP has died.
Gordon Bagier, was dubbed “Hero of Sunderland” when he defeated the last Sunderland Tory MP, Paul Williams.
The 87-year-old, who died on Sunday, went on to serve Sunderland South until his retirement at the 1987 election, when his successor was Chris Mullin.
Prior to this he served in the Royal Marines from 1941 until 1945, as a gunner aboard HMS Belfast.
He went on to work as a signals inspector and was presidents of the Yorkshire District Council of the National Union of Railwaymen.
He married Violet Sinclair in 1949 and they had two sons and two daughters.
Daughter Jill Fletcher was elected as Washington North councillor for Labour in the 2006 local elections.
City council cabinet member Tom Wright said: “As one of the many who came back from the Second World War determined to make life better for all, he spent his whole life serving and supporting people both through his public life and his hard work within the Labour Party and the Trade Unions.
“He will be sadly missed, but I hope you will spend a moment today thinking of the happy, smiling MP who helped us all.
“Our thoughts are with his family and in particular our colleague Jill who has not just lost a dad but a great friend.”
•Tributes to Mr Bagier will appear in tomorrow’s Echo.