TRIBUTES have been paid to former Labour MP Jimmy Hood, who has died aged 69.

Mr Hood held his seat in Parliament for 28 years, representing Clydesdale from 1987 to 2005, and Lanark and Hamilton East from 2005 to 2015, when he lost to the SNP.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and ex-prime minister Gordon Brown led tributes to Mr Hood, a left-winger who was a mining engineer and trade unionist before his election.

Mr Leonard said: “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Jimmy Hood’s passing.”

Mr Brown said Mr Hood would be remembered as a stalwart of Scottish Labour.