It is deeply sad for me to learn of the death of Alice Mahon. We were both Labour MPs for exactly the same period from 1987 to 2005 and shared in many similar political and social activities at Westminister. She died on Xmas Day.
We were both members of the Socialist Campaign Group and often participated in identical Commons activities due to our shared political interests. We also met up in similar social circles, drawn together with others due to our common political concerns.
Prior to being MPs we had both obtained University Degrees as adults and went on to teach Trade Unionists.
Unlike myself, she resigned from the Labour Party in April 2009; although I shared many of her concerns about its problematic development.
Details of her telling life can be found here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Mahon