Former Fife MEP dies
Published 14 Aug 2012 15:30 2 Comments
A FORMER Fife MEP and trade union leader who championed damage payments for pleural plaque victims has passed away.
Alex Falconer, former MEP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, died on Sunday at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.
He served as MEP between 1984 and 1999, when the constituency was dissolved.
A former foundry worker, Mr Falconer served nine years in the Royal Navy before going on to work as an insulator at Rosyth Dockyard.
He went on to become a Transport and General Workers Union shop steward and chairman of the Fife Federation of Trades Councils.
He was involved in the campaign for compensation to be paid to those who had contracted pleural plaque due to exposure to asbestos.
Mr Falconer shared an office with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown when they were parliamentarians and both men remained good friends
After retiring as an MEP he continued to be involved in community life and issues through his involvement with Kingseat Community Council and the Federation of Community Councils.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 14 Aug 12
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Aug 17, 10:13
Alex was a big personality, a clever bloke and a good guy who fought for the rights of the less fortunate and working people. He never forgot where he came from and his drive and good humour shall be missed. God bless, RIP.
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