Former Commons Speaker Michael Martin dies aged 72

By Aubrey Allegretti, Political Reporter
Former Speaker of the House of Commons Lord Michael Martin has died, his family said.
The 72-year-old peer and ex-Labour MP died on Sunday morning after a short illness.
His son, Paul Martin: said: "He passed away early this morning after a period of short illness."He passed away peacefully with his family."We would be grateful for our privacy to be respected at this difficult time."Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to a man who "loved his community and family".
Former Commons Speaker Michael Martin dies aged 72

Jeremy Corbyn said he first met Lord Martin during their union days
He wrote on Twitter: "Very sorry to hear of the death of Michael Martin."We first met as organisers in the National Union of Public Employees, campaigning for decent public sector pay and the national minimum wage."Michael loved his community and family, our thoughts are with them at this sad time.
Mr Martin was elected as the Labour MP for Glasgow North East in 1979, going on to serve as Speaker from 2000 to 2009He became Baron Martin of Springburn in October, joining his predecessor as Speaker, Baroness Boothroyd, as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
Former Commons Speaker Michael Martin dies aged 72

Lord Martin's elevation to Parliament's upper house was controversial
Although traditionally Commons speakers are elevated to the upper house, Lord Martin's appointment proved controversial.He had been criticised for spearheading efforts to block the publication of MPs' expenses, calling for a police investigation into the source of the leak.He was the first Commons speaker to be forced to resign in 300 years.
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Lord Martin was also the first Roman Catholic to serve in the role since the Reformation.He was succeeded by the current Speaker John Bercow.
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