Tributes paid to ex-Durham MP who has died at the age of 70 after cancer fight

Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour.
Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour.
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Tributes have been paid to a former MP who has died at the age of 70.

Gerry Steinberg, who worked as a headteacher of a special school before his political career, was the Labour member for Durham City from 1987 until his retirement in 2005.

He has died after losing a fight against cancer.

A message on his website said: “Being the stubborn fighter he always had been, he refused to do any other than live as full a life as he could, devoting his time to his family, especially his grandchildren.

“He was the local lad made good, and always fought for Durham and its people.”

Roberta Blackman-Woods, who is now the Labour MP for the constituency, said: “As MP and as a local councillor, he served the City of Durham constituency for many, many years and will be fondly remembered by many of the city of Durham constituents for representing their interests in both Westminster and Durham.

“Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.”