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Former Preston MP Ron Atkins sets a new UK record

Posted on - 2nd September, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
Ron Atkins out enjoying a coffee
Ron Atkins out enjoying a coffee

This week a former Preston MP became the longest living Parliamentarian.

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Ron Atkins served the city as MP for Preston North between 1966 to 1970 and again in 1974 to 1979.

A Labour MP, described as a ‘firebrand’ by Jeremy Paxman, he later became a councillor on Preston City Council until retiring aged 92.

On Wednesday (30 August) he marked his 102nd birthday by becoming the oldest UK former member of Parliament.

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His wife Elizabeth Atkins, who represents the Ashton-on-Ribble ward, said: “Ron is still fit and well.

“He is an active delegate in the Preston Labour Party and is currently President of Momentum Central Lancashire.

“Until recently he had been writing his own political blog.”

Read more: This Preston MP is more than 100-years-old and he has his own blog

Ron Atkins speaking in summer 2015 at a rally for Jeremy Corbyn at the Continental pub in Preston
Ron Atkins speaking in summer 2015 at a rally for Jeremy Corbyn at the Continental pub in Preston

Ron also introduced Jeremy Corbyn at the Continental pub when he visited Preston during his Labour leadership campaign.

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