One of the best orators ever in British politics died this morning at the age of 96.
Foot was a politician like you rarely see these days. Aside from his gentlemanly behaviour, he had a recognisable and coherent set of beliefs. A true humanist and socialist, he genuinely and consistently fought for democracy and social justice.
Foot was also one of the bravest Labour leaders ever, taking on the task of steering the party through one of their most complicated and divided periods in history (1980-1983), which culminated with the creation of the breakaway SDP and Margaret Thatcher's 1983 landslide victory.
He will always be remembered with affection as one of the best and most humane MPs in British history.