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Labour MP Jim Dobbin's funeral takes place in Salford

Jim Dobbin MP
Image caption Jim Dobbin had been an MP since 1997

The funeral has taken place of Labour MP Jim Dobbin, who died two weeks ago aged 73 on a trip to Poland.

Mr Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton in Greater Manchester, had been in the Commons since 1997 and won with a 5,971 majority in 2010.

The funeral started at 12:00 BST at St John's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Salford, attended by Labour colleagues, constituents and friends.

Mr Dobbin's requiem was followed by a private burial.

The former microbiologist was on a trip to Slupsk in Poland organised by the Council of Europe when he died.

He had been confirmed in July as the party's candidate for the next General Election after receiving the support of a majority of branches and affiliate organisations to continue as their candidate.

Image caption Labour leader Ed Miliband was among the mourners

Mr Dobbin, who had two daughters and two sons, was elected as a councillor in 1983 in Rochdale, where he became group leader in 1994.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, in Manchester for the party's annual conference, and John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, were among the mourners.

MP David Crausby (Bolton North East) paid tribute to his friend and Labour colleague.

"I was with him on the day before he went away, it was a very big shock," he said.

"Jim will be missed not just by his family and colleagues but especially his constituents," Mr Crausby added.

Another friend, the Deputy Speaker of the Commons Lindsay Hoyle said: "He was Gentleman Jim. Everything he did was with passion and belief but he wouldn't fall out with anybody."

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