Tributes were paid to a longtime former Labor MP described as a ‘social justice activist’ who died aged 84.
Peter Pike was Member of Parliament for Burnley from 1983 to 2005 after joining the Labor Party in 1956.
The father of two has served on several committees and groups and was among the backbench Labor rebels who voted against the war in Iraq. In December 2013, his role in the anti-apartheid movement was hailed in parliament when tributes were paid to former anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela.
He was re-elected as Burnley constituency Labor Party chairman in 2015, but resigned a year later.
Politicians have described Pike as a “true gentleman” and a “social justice activist” after his daughters Carol and Jane were told of his death on Monday.
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “It is very sad news to hear of Peter’s passing. He was a Labor through and through, an excellent Member of Parliament for Burnley, hearts are with his family. “
Former Labor MP Mike Gapes said: “I am so sorry to read this. Peter was a good parliamentary colleague, internationalist and activist for social justice. My thoughts are with his family and friends. “
Sir Mark Hendrick, Labor MP for Preston, said: ‘Sad to hear of the passing of my friend, former Burnley MP Peter Pike. He helped me a lot in 1994 as a European parliamentary candidate for the Lancs and when I ran for the Commons in 2000. His passions were housing and the fight against racial discrimination. Big fan of Burnley FC. RIP Pierre.
Steve McCabe, Birmingham MP Selly Oak, said on Twitter: “Sad news. He was a charming and generous man.
Tory MP Andrew Stephenson tweeted: ‘Sad to hear that Peter Pike (Labor MP for Burnley 1983-2005) has passed away.
“I have always found Peter a true gentleman and we recently discussed the privilege of attending the wide variety of local events that all Members of Parliament can attend. My thoughts and prayers are with his daughters, Carol and Jane.
Former Burnley Mayor Wajid Khan said: “Devastated and saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Peter Pike. He was one of the best public servants Burnley had ever had. My condolences to the whole family. RIP Pierre.
Burnley Football Club said they were “deeply saddened” after Pike’s death. “Everyone at the club sends their condolences to Peter’s family and friends at this very sad time,” he wrote.