Tributes as ex-Midlothian MP Alex Eadie dies

Alex Eadie
Alex Eadie

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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