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Gay rights ally Janey Buchan dies aged 85

Gordon Brown and Johann Lamont lead tributes for former MEP who 'fought hard and ceaselessly for equality'

Gay rights ally Janey Buchan dies aged 85

Janey Buchan, former Scottish Labour MEP for Glasgow and Life President of the Scottish Minorities Group, has died in a nursing home in Brighton.

Born in 1926 and wife of the late Norman Buchan (Labour MP for West Renfrewshire and later Paisley South), Buchan was a councillor on Strathclyde Regional Council and Member of the European Parliament, Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Gas Consumers Council.

An avid campaigner, Buchan was an active supporter of South African causes and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, leading to her becoming Life President of the Scottish Minorities Group, now a part of the Stonewall organisation.

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has praised the late Buchan who 'fought hard and ceaselessly for equality' while Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont has said called her 'wonderful, warm, passionate, generous, endlessly energetic' and 'absolutely committed'.

 

Westminster MP for Glasgow South Ian Davidson commeded Buchan for staying 'absolutely true to her own beliefs' saying she 'swam against the tide but was never interested in herself or self-advancement'.

 

LGBT Labour, the Labour campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights tweeted their condolenses: 'Sad to hear of the death of Janey Buchan, former Labout MEP and friend of the #LGBT community. '

 

Buchan is survived by son Alasdair, brother Enoch, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.


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