It is always sad when someone dies in harness, and especially when the person concerned is a London Labour colleague. Alan Keen, felled by cancer at the age of 73, had been a fellow London representative for a number of years.
I knew Alan for many years through the co-operative movement. Both of us were members of the Co-operative Party, sharing a commitment to mutualism and co-operative enterprise.
I also came across Alan when my wearing my MEP hat. As a member of the European Parliament Culture, Education and Sport Committee I regularly met him in his capacity as Chair of the House of Commons All-Party Football Group.
Alan’s battle with a terminal illness was dignified to the end. Typically he was full of praise for the NHS, saying they could not have done more to be of help and support.