The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

George Mudie M.P.

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Many parishioners would have been saddened to receive the news that their member of parliament, Mr George Mudie, would not be a candidate in May's General Election.

Since being elected in 1992 he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of East Leeds, and there are a great many people within the parish who have benefited from his wise counsel and energetic intervention with officialdom to redress injustices to family members and neighbours.

George's early working life as Engineer, Merchant Seaman, and latterly as a Trade union Official for the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) equipped him with the empathy as well as the advocacy skills to represent magnificently the people of Seacroft on his election to Leeds City Council in 1971. Becoming Leader of the Council in 1980 he oversaw Leeds for the next decade, when the city flourished as investment flowed into the Financial, Media and Retail sectors. Not without controversy, because of his strong leadership style, Mr Mudie can fairly be said to have seen Leeds’ standing as a well run city as high as that of it's football team during his term at the helm.

While Denis Healey, as his predecessor, was widely recognised as a world class statesman, insiders within the Labour Movement recognised that, in George, the people of East Leeds possessed the ultimate constituency member, with a 'preferential option for the poor'. He was always open to the representations individuals and groups within the parish made on issues of Faith and was truly supportive of all our schools on the patch.

In thanking George for all he has done for us over the years, we are conscious of the sacrifices on family time that this has meant. Parish members recognise, therefore, in this tribute, his wife Sue - who as a teacher and Head teacher within East Leeds has greatly contributed to the well-being of our community as well as supporting George in his work. We pray that they will enjoy many years of health and happiness.

Michael Davey

Published Sat 28th Mar 2015 00:57:52
Last Modified on Sat 28th Mar 2015 03:10:42

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