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British Labour Party politician, journalist, and the Great Grimsby Member of Parliament (MP) Austin Mitchell’s cause of death has been partly revealed after he passed away Wednesday morning (August 18, 2021) at the age of 86.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by official sources who announced Austin Mitchell passed away in the coronary care unit at Leeds General Infirmary at 7.30 am.

Chosen in a flurry of excitement in a 1977 by-election, Mr. Mitchell usually said he was “an accidental MP” having been famous for presenting on Yorkshire TV.

Although there is no exact report about Austin Mitchell's cause of death at this time, some have linked his death to the heart surgery he had in July 2013 at King's College Hospital, London, to repair a leaking valve.

Pundits predicted he would lose; however, the ex-lecturer held on to the seat for Labour, narrowly defeating Tory’s rival Robert Blair by 520 votes and giving Jim Callaghan’s beleaguered government hope it could cling on at the next general election.

He stepped down for the 2015 election, which was won for Grimsby by Labour’s Melanie Onn. In the same year, he was named the High Steward of North East Lincolnshire.

Austin, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby from a 1977 by-election to 2015, served as the Chair of the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign before his death.

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What’s Austin Mitchell’s Cause of Death

Although there is no exact report about Austin Mitchell’s cause of death at this time, some have linked his death to the heart surgery he had in July 2013 at King’s College Hospital, London, to repair a leaking valve.

Nevertheless, US day News is trying to find related information and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Stay with us.

Austin Vernon Mitchell was born in Bradford on 19 September 1934 as the elder son of Richard Vernon Mitchell and Ethel Mary Butterworth. Educating at Wood bottom Council School in Baildon, Bingley Grammar School, he read History at the University of Manchester and Nuffield College, Oxford. His doctoral thesis, “The Whigs in opposition, 1815–1830”, was published in 1963.

 Great Grimsby Member

Austin and Dorothea Patricia Jackson married in 1959 and shared two daughters, Susan Ngaio and Nicola Rewa; They divorced in 1966.

In 1976, he remarried New Zealand TV producer and writer Linda McDougall and shared one son, Jonathan Vernon Mitchell, and one daughter, Hannah Kezia Mitchell.

The veteran MP famously turned his name to Austin Haddock for National Seafood Week in 2002 to promote the town’s fishing industry. The stunt symbolized his sense of humor, which he believed is a vital escape valve in an oppositely sober and serious art.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Austin Mitchell’s friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.


Reactions to Death of MP Austin Mitchell

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Quickly after the tragic news was released, many of beloved Austin Mitchell’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

His successor Melanie Onn said, “Austin will be greatly missed by many in Grimsby’s Labour family and across the town where he was taken from the TV screen into the hearts of local people, always ready with a camera and amusing anecdote.

“He was a larger than life character, secured lost pensions compensation for the last generation of Grimsby’s fishermen and a vociferous opponent of council housing stock transfers to arms-length management organizations,” she added.

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Continuing, “Austin was unfailingly supportive to me as a new MP, still a bruising advocate of the Labour Party, and gave his time, advice, and expertise generously. It was a pleasure to get to know him, and I send my heartfelt condolences to Linda, his family, and close friends for their loss.”

Current MP for Grimsby, Lia Nici, shared her tribute, reading, “It is incredibly sad news. I came to know Austin very well over the years. Although we represented different parties, he was a huge support and adviser, and we became friends. He used to joke with me, ‘What a shame you chose the Conservative party.'”

Her tribute also added, “I am sad for Linda and his family. Austin was Grimsby’s longest-serving MP. He worked relentlessly for the town. Politics aside, he was always a great support and knew how hard I work for Grimsby, and he was a great person to turn to. He was well educated and a learned man. Grimsby has lost a great man.”

Steve Norton, former chief executive of Grimsby Fish Merchants’ Association, announced a fitting tribute would be a memorial service at Grimsby Minster.

An ex-councilor, who worked both Labour and Conservatives, stated, “It is very sad to hear. I remember Austin when he came to the constituency, taking over from the late Tony Crosland.”

He continued, “I always believed he was a hard-working constituency MP who always championed the cause for Grimsby and tried to do the best for people wherever he could. He was labeled a rebel because, at times, he would defy the whip on various issues unless he could get something from the government to benefit the constituency.”

The statement additionally said, “He was always around, always amenable and approachable. He had the charisma and persona; he could be talking to a minister of state or be sitting in a kitchen on the Willows or the Nunsthorpe discussing personal problems – with either he was equally as comfortable.”


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