Labour figures gather for funeral of former general secretary Margaret McDonagh

Baroness McDonagh, who died in June aged 61, played a key role in Labour’s 1997 landslide victory.

Dominic McGrath
Wednesday 19 July 2023 11:28 BST
The order of service for the Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of Baroness Margaret McDonagh at St Bonifaces RC Church in Mitcham, London. The Labour Party’s first female general secretary died at the age of 61 last month (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
The order of service for the Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of Baroness Margaret McDonagh at St Bonifaces RC Church in Mitcham, London. The Labour Party’s first female general secretary died at the age of 61 last month (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)

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Sir Keir Starmer has joined mourners in London for the funeral of Margaret McDonagh, Labour’s first female general secretary.

Baroness McDonagh died in June aged 61 and was hailed for her key role in Labour’s 1997 landslide election victory.

Her sister Siobhain McDonagh is the current Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden in south London.

Figures from across the party gathered for the service, including former prime ministers Sir Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Other faces from the New Labour era, including Lord Mandelson, attended the Mass at St Boniface RC Church in Mitcham, alongside current shadow cabinet members including Emily Thornberry, Yvette Cooper, Ed Miliband and David Lammy.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was also in attendance.

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