Tributes paid to Nelson Mandela

Friday 06 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 10:47

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THE areas MPs have paid tribute to former South African President Nelson Mandela who has died at the age of 95.

Pershore's MP's Harriett Baldwin said Mandela was an 'indefatigable campaigner, a great leader and a 'hero to a generation'

"His struggle to bring equal rights to his country inspired people all over the world," she said.

"We should remember and celebrate the efforts of one of the true heroes of the 20th century."

“I know people all over the county will join me in paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, who was an indefatigable campaigner, a great leader and a hero to a generation.

Evesham's MP Peter Luff visited South Africa in 1981 with former Prime Minister Edward Heath to 'tell the truth to the Government there about apartheid'.

“I was shocked by what I saw but also came to understand the high expectations the nation – both black people and progressive whites – had for the future leadership of Nelson Mandela,” he said.

“These hopes were triumphantly fulfilled after his release as she showed the huge power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

“He was that rare thing – an individual who changed the course of history for the better and the whole world should mourn his passing and celebrate his extraordinary life.”

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