Ed Miliband pays tribute to Paul Cottingham, activist and partner of Michael Cashman

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to late humanitarian activist Paul Cottingham, who died last night.

Mr Cottingham, who previously worked as an actor, also worked with organisations such as the Kaleidoscope Trust on his humanitarian work, and was in a civil partnership with former Labour MEP Michael Cashman.

The pair also worked together while Mr Cashman was an MEP, Mr Cottingham as his researcher.

Mr Cottingham died after a battle with cancer last night.

Speaking to PinkNews, Mr Miliband said: “Paul Cottingham was a wonderful, bright, kind and funny man. A champion of equality, Paul always put others first. A humanitarian. He was a man who always stood up for what he believed in and was always generous with the love and compassion he showed to others. He was deeply committed to the Labour Party and did so much throughout his life to further the cause of social justice.

“His civil partnership to Michael Cashman was a moment of great celebration for the whole Labour movement. All of our thoughts and love are with Michael and Paul’s family today.”

Tributes were paid by many on Twitter.

Mr Cottingham and Mr Cashman entered a civil partnership in 2006.