Colleagues in tribute to retiring Sheffield politician

Heeley MP Meg Munn
Heeley MP Meg Munn
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Leading political figures in Sheffield are lamenting the loss of a popular MP who has announced she is stepping down.

Colleagues of Labour stalwart Meg Munn, who has represented Sheffield Heeley for 14 years, have paid tribute to her work after her decision not to stand in next year’s General Election.

They said whoever takes over from the 54-year-old former social worker and minister for women and equality, will have big shoes to fill.

Leading the tributes was Clive Betts, Sheffield South East MP.

He said: “I’ve known Meg since she was a young girl growing up as the daughter of a Labour councillor.

“She is steeped in the history of the Labour party in Sheffield and has been a hard-working and admirable champion for the people of Heeley.”

Mrs Munn is giving up her career in Parliament to ‘take on new challenges’.

David Blunkett, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, said: “I think we will all want to wish Meg well in what will clearly be the next important step in her life.

“The Munn family have made the most enormous contribution to the wellbeing of Sheffield over generations, and I know they have taken great pride in the work Meg has undertaken, both as a constituency MP and as a Minister.

“Her work on diversity, commitment to children’s services and her past experience brought to bear in Parliament have been of tremendous benefit, both to the people of Sheffield Heeley and more broadly.”

Paul Blomfield, Sheffield Central MP, said: “I’ll miss Meg. She’s someone who has strong values and great integrity, who works quietly and effectively to win positive change.”

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, said: “Meg has been a passionate advocate for Sheffield.

“She has made a huge contribution in my own ward of Arbourthorne, where we have worked together for more than 10 years.”