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Image caption Paul Flynn was appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet when the Labour leader faced a rebellion of his MPs. Paul Flynn was the MP for Newport West for over thirty years. Although he served briefly in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet in 2016 after several Labour MPs quit the front bench, he treasured the role of backbencher and was a serial rebel. He campaigned on issues including medicinal and illegal drugs, benefits, animal welfare, devolution and the modernisation of Parliament. He wrote books, had a lively blog and was a prolific tweeter. THE EARLY YEARS. Paul Flynn was born and brought up in Cardiff. His father had been injured as a soldier in World War One and died when the young Paul was just five years old. Full story

18 February