The former police commissioner for Bolton and Greater Manchester  Sir Tony Lloyd has died days after announcing he was stopping treatment for a form of leukaemia.

Sir Tony revealed he was receiving chemotherapy for the cancer a year ago.

Born in Stretford on February 25, 1950, the former Stretford MP was a councillor on Trafford Council before his election to the House of Commons and, after the abolition of the constituency, he went on to become the MP for Manchester Central and the MP for Rochdale, a role in which he worked up until a few days before his death surrounded by his family.

Also the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester and the Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester over the course of a career spanning some 45 years, he was remembered by those across the political spectrum including the leader of his party Sir Keir Starmer and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his dedication and his devotion to public service.

The family of Sir Tony said: "We are absolutely devastated to announce the death of Sir Tony Lloyd MP, our beloved 'Joe', 'Dad' and 'Grandad'. He died peacefully this morning surrounded by his family as was his wish.

"He was working a few days before his death as his passion was helping others. He devoted his life to serving and making a difference to the lives of those he met including his constituents, colleagues, friends and family.

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"We would like to thank all the dedicated doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and other hospital staff who have provided him with care as well as the blood and platelet donors who gave him an extra four years of life.

"Sir Anthony Joseph Lloyd MP, a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A life well lived. May he rest in peace."

After Stretford was abolished as a constituency it was absorbed into the constituencies of Stretford and Urmston and Manchester Central.

Andrew Western, the current Stretford and Urmston MP and former Trafford Council leader, paid tribute in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Mr Western said: "So sad to hear this. Tony was a friend and mentor for as long as I can remember and a superb MP for Stretford. 

"He was a brilliant politician, always thoughtful and decent, and a supportive colleague whenever times were tough. My heart goes out to Judith and the family."

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.