Piara Khabra MP 1921-2007

The House of Commons’ oldest MP, Piara Khabra, has died aged 82 in June 2007. He had been the Labour MP for Ealing Southall since the 1992 general election.

He was a member of the constitutional affairs select committee and had a special interest in India. His researcher Julian Bell said he was “remarkable servant of the people”. He said: “At an age when most people had long since retired he was still energetically tackling individual and constituency problems. His service and political wisdom will be sadly missed.”

Piara came to Britain in the 1950s from India. He was a teacher and Labour councillor before his election to Westminster, and was also involved with the Indian Workers Association in Southall.