Keighley Labour Party marks 20th anniversary of Bob Cryer's death

Bob Cryer

Bob Cryer

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Keighley Labour Party is marking the 20th anniversary of former MP Bob Cryer’s death.

A minute’s silence will be held before the start of canvassing on Saturday, and tribute will be paid during a constituency meeting in the Devonshire Street offices named after him.

Mr Cryer was MP for Keighley for nine years, until 1983, and then served as Bradford South MP from 1987 until his death – aged 59 – in a car crash in 1994.

John Grogan, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley, said: “Bob was the only politician in the past 50 years to hold Keighley against the national trend, which he did for the Labour party by just 78 votes in the 1979 general election.

“He made a big impact locally, not least by being one of the prime movers in the campaign to preserve the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

“He was a forthright speaker in Parliament, where he developed a reputation as being both independent minded and also an expert on parliamentary procedure.”

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