MPs honour Queen who was 'deeply interested' in people of Wigan

Wigan borough’s MPs have paid their respects to the Queen, describing her as a “steady, reassuring presence” and “the grandmother of the nation”.

They shared their tributes to the monarch as the country began 10 days of mourning.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “For 70 years Queen Elizabeth II was a steady, reassuring presence in public life, an anchor for the nation in troubled times.

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"During her long reign she visited Wigan on several occasions. She was deeply interested in the people of our town and her generosity and kindness has always meant a lot to us.

Queen Elizabeth II

"She was admired by politicians across the political spectrum, standing above politics but with a deep respect for our democratic system. She was a role model for all of us in public life.

"My thoughts are with the Royal Family and with the millions of people whose lives she touched.”

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Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and I know that at this time the whole country will wish to thank her for her dedication and service to our nation. I send my deepest condolences to the Royal Family.”

Leigh MP James Grundy said: “It is with immense sadness that I received the news that Her Majesty the Queen passed away this afternoon at Balmoral.

“Her Majesty was in many ways the grandmother of the nation, and in most cases, the only monarch we have ever known.

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“On behalf of my constituents in Leigh, I should like to convey my utmost sympathy and condolences to His Majesty the King and the Royal Family at this incredibly difficult time for them.”

MP Chris Green, whose Bolton West constituency includes Atherton, said: “With deep sorrow we learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. This is such a difficult time for the country and Parliament has been suspended for 10 days so that we can mark this in a dignified manner.

"Bolton and Wigan Council’s have opened Books of Remembrance at their Town Halls and at other locations around the Boroughs.

"God Save the King.”