Trade unionist and politician;
Born: April 1, 1940; Died: August 12, 2012.
Alex Falconer, who has died aged 72 of cancer, was for 15 years the Labour MEP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, a platform he used to rail against the European project just as his party was trying hard to establish itself as pro-European. On the traditional left of the party, he was similarly out of kilter with Tony Blair's ideological shift to the right.
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