Philip Gould tribute

My thoughts go out this morning Philip Gould’s wife, Gail Rebuck and daughters, Georgia and Grace. Philip Gould, who was a key strategist and adviser to the Labour Party and former prime minister Tony Blair, has died from cancer. at the age of 61 yesterday.

Blair paid tribute to Lord Gould:

an "indispensable" member of the political team that secured three election victories.

He was Labour to his core, and today, as the Labour party, we mourn for one of our own.

He was rightly known as a path breaking political strategist. His friends will also remember an extraordinary human being: warm, funny, engaging, deeply emotional and loving to all those he knew.

Nowhere was he more extraordinary than in the final years of his life: battling his cancer like a political campaign that could be mastered and won, then accepting death with courage and bravery.

His contribution to Labour politics was enormous. His work and commitment helped change the lives of millions of his fellow citizens for the better.