GLASGOW Labour councillor George Ryan has died suddenly after a suspected heart attack.

He was 51.

Ryan was elected to Glasgow City Council in 1995 and represented the Shettleston ward.

It is understood that he suffered a heart attack yesterday afternoon.

Leading tributes, Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The people of Shettleston have lost a powerful champion and the city has lost a fighter for social justice."

Ryan is survived by his wife Linda, and three children, Christopher, Deborah and Sophie.