Tributes as ex-Midlothian MP Alex Eadie dies

Alex Eadie

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Tributes have been paid to former Midlothian MP Alex Eadie, who died on Thursday January 26. He was 91.

He was the county’s longest-serving MP, representing the constituency at Westminster from 1966 until he retired in 1992.

Educated at Buckhaven Secondary School and a former Fife councillor, Mr Eadie was minister for coal for five years in the 1970s. He was a full-time agent for the NUM before becoming an MP.

His first wife died in 1981, 40 years after they married. He is survived by their son Bob, a Fife councillor, and his second wife Janice, whom he married in 1983. His daughter-in-law is Helen Eadie MSP.

Midlothian MP David Hamilton said: “I got to know Alex in the 1970s. A lot of people didn’t realise he was the minister for coal when the coal industry was so big in those days.

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