Roy Mason

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Sorry to hear of the death of one of Barnsley’s own, Lord Roy Mason at the age of 91. A proper Labour politician and Barnsley MP who you just knew, unlike many of today’s Westminster ladder climbers, would never have ever betrayed the working classes. Thatcher told us all we needed to know about Roy Mason when it was suggested to her that she ought to make him the Coal Board chairman. She replied: “No, he’s not one of us” and gave the job to MacGregor. How true, not then and never ever was he “one of them”. RIP.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74