The former Labour MP and campaigner Candy Atherton has died aged 62.Ms Atherton won the marginal seat of Falmouth and Camborne at the 1997 general election beating Conservative Sebastian Coe.She held the seat for eight years, doubling her majority in 2001, but losing her seat in 2005 to Liberal Democrat Julia Goldsworthy.After her parliamentary career, she focused on rural housing issues. More on this story and others from CornwallCandy Atherton was the first person selected as a candidate from an all-female shortlist and was among the 101 women Labour MPs elected in 1997 dubbed the “Blair Babes”.
Ms Atherton returned to politics when she was elected to Cornwall Council in 2013, representing the Falmouth Smithwick division.She also campaigned on women’s rights and disability issues.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “I’m sad to hear of the sudden death of Candy Atherton. Candy was a proud champion of Cornwall.”Labour deputy leader Tom Watson tweeted that he was “very sad to read that Candy Atherton has died.”Labour MP Ben Bradshaw also paid respects to her as a “friend and good colleague”.Boundary changes meant the Falmouth and Camborne constituency was abolished at the 2010 general election. It was replaced by the seats of Camborne and Redruth and Truro and Falmouth.
Source: Cornish BBC