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Just a short belated note on the passing of the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Ashok Kumar on March 15th 2010.

In an age of disenchantment with distant expenses flouting politicions, Ashok was someone who was very real in my familys life.

When the NHS tried to sack my father for being unable to do his job a short time before his retirement date (he had suffered from illness and does to this day), we wrote to Ashok as our local MP. He wrote a letter expressing his dissapointment in what the NHS were trying to do and expressing his support for my father. Soon after, attempts to sack him ceased and he was able to take early retirement.

Ashok Kumar was a labour politicion. My father said to him that he was a fine man and would have happily voted for him except for his politics. He helped my Dad regardless. Ashok lost my dads vote because he could not support Tony Blairs government. As a man, Ashok will always have our vote.

Have any of you had any experiences of Ashok Kumar? Share them in the comments below.

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