Tributes paid to union leader Bob Crow

WELL RESPECTED Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, speaking at a meeting in Portsmouth in 2011. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (114413-7731)
WELL RESPECTED Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, speaking at a meeting in Portsmouth in 2011. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (114413-7731)
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UNION leaders have paid tribute to Rail, Maritime and Transport union boss Bob Crow, who passed away early this morning aged 52.

Mr Crow died of a massive heart attack at Whipps Cross hospital in London.

Former Portsmouth North MP Syd Rapson, of Paulsgrove, who was also the former Amalgamated Engineering Union district president said: ‘He stuck up for his members regardless of who he upset.

‘Sometimes I wish my union had members of that steel.

‘He’s going to be missed.’

Portsmouth City Council Cllr John Ferret, district leader of the union Prospect, said: ‘He was a fighter for his members and a fighter for the trade union movement, and now the union has lost one of its really big players.’