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Former Aberdeen Labour MP Frank Doran dies, aged 68

The politician represented three Aberdeen constituencies in the House of Commons.

Frank Doran: The MP was a longserving Aberdeen politican.
Frank Doran: The MP was a longserving Aberdeen politican.

Former Labour MP Frank Doran has died at the age of 68, his party has confirmed.

It is understood he had been unwell and was being cared for by his family before his death.

Doran first represented Aberdeen South in the House of Commons from 1987 until he lost his seat in a surprise result in the 1992 general election.

The politican found his way back to Westminster in 1997 with his victory in the new constituency of Aberdeen Central.

The MP would continue to represent the area until boundary changes created the new seat of Aberdeen North, which he would hold for a decade from 2005 to 2015.

North East MSP Lewis Macdonald said: "On behalf of the Scottish Labour family I would like to pay tribute to Frank, who served the city of Aberdeen with distinction as a Member of Parliament.

"His work to support the families of the Piper Alpha tragedy was so important for so many, as was his tireless campaigning for safety in the oil and gas industry during his time as an MP.

"Our thoughts are with Frank's loved ones at this time."

Mr Doran is survived by his wife, former Labour MP Dame Joan Ruddock, and his two sons.

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