Fri 10 October 2008, The Independent

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld: Hard-working MP who as Deputy Chief Opposition Whip helped hold the Labour Party together in the 1980s

The years 1983 to 1987 were dog days for the Parliamentary Labour Party. It was a very unhappy period. The party had been trounced by Mrs Thatcher in the 1983 general election; the very existence of the party was questioned by some. Nobody did more to hold the party together and lay the foundations of revival under Neil Kinnock than Norman Hogg, the emollient, immensely hard-working, sensitive but firm Deputy Chief Opposition Whip, a pivotal position in the running of Parliament.
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