THE Family of Lord Healey has announced that the former Chancellor of the Exchequer passed away on Saturday morning, October 3.
Labour party’s Denis Healey was the chancellor from 1974 to 1979, and served under both Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, before becoming deputy Labour leader in opposition in 1980.
He joined the House of Lords in 1992 after serving Leeds as an MP for some 40 years.
His family said he died peacefully at his home in Sussex on Saturday morning, after a short illness.
Described by Nicola Sturgeon as “undoubtedly, a giant of the post war Labour movement”, Lord Healey served as a Major in the army during the Second World War before entering politics, and became Secretary of State for Defence from 1964 until 1970.
Well known for his characteristic bushy eyebrows and his imaginative turns of phrase, Lord Healey came close to winning the Labour Party leadership in 1980, being narrowly beaten by 10 votes.
Current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said via social media: “Denis Healey was a Labour giant whose record of service to party and country stands as his testament. All our thoughts are with his family.”