Labour peer Lord McIntosh dies

Lord McIntosh
Image caption Lord McIntosh served as a whip and a culture spokesman in the Lords

Labour peer Andrew McIntosh has died aged 77 after suffering cancer, his relatives have said.

The politician, who served as a whip and a culture spokesman in the Lords, was made a life peer in 1983 - becoming Baron McIntosh of Haringey.

Lord McIntosh was leader of the Labour Group which won control of the Greater London Council in 1981.

But he was ousted the day after the victory and replaced by rival Ken Livingstone.

His son Philip said he was "the most honest and considerate socialist politician of his generation and will be greatly missed".

Lord McIntosh represented Tottenham on the Greater London Council from 1973 to 83 and more recently chaired the Culture, Science and Education Committee for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

He was married to the late social researcher Naomi Sargant and lived in Highgate, north London.

The peer, who died on Friday night, had two sons and a stepson. He will be buried in a humanist ceremony on 8 September.