Labour leader Ed Miliband has led the tributes to MEP candidate Del Singh who was killed in a suicide bomb on January 17th while working in Kabul.
Del Singh was 39 and a committed campaigner who was passionate about changing lives for the better.
Del, who was from the Southampton area, worked as an International Development Specialist and had managed EU and UN projects in post-conflict countries, including Afghanistan, Palestine, Libya and Sierra Leone.
Closer to home Del was a committed Labour Party campaigner who also volunteered at two charities supporting homeless people and mentoring jobseekers.
Ed Miliband said: “My thoughts - and the thoughts of the whole Labour Party - are with the family and friends of Del Singh who was killed in yesterday's tragic suicide bomb in Kabul.
“People everywhere will be appalled and shocked by this barbarous act of terror deliberately targeting members of the international community living and working in Kabul in the service of the Afghan people.
“He dedicated his life to working with people across the world who needed his support.”
Everything he did - running a charity marathon in the heat of Gaza or representing the Labour Party - was driven by a passion to make a real difference,” John Denham MP.
Iain McNicol, Labour’s General Secretary said: “Del Singh was a committed and passionate campaigner who wanted to improve the lives of people in conflict zones and those of people closer to home.
“Del will be missed by everyone in the Labour Party who has worked and campaigned alongside him for over two decades. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”
All at SE Labour are shocked and saddened to have lost such a well-respected and dedicated colleague and friend.
Del often spoke about how proud he was to have started his working life alongside his mother on the shop-floor of Mr Kipling’s cakes in Eastleigh. He also worked for the Labour Party in the Millbank Call Centre between 1999 and 2001. Del started campaigning in the Southampton area in 1992.
John Denham, Southampton Itchen MP, said: “Del was an inspirational man and simply one of the nicest people you could meet.
“Everything he did - delivering development aid in some of the world’s most dangerous places, running a charity marathon in the heat of Gaza, or representing the Labour Party - was driven by a passion to make a real difference to people's lives.”
MEP candidate Anneliese Dodds said: “Del was a very generous, warm-hearted man who was passionate about ending injustice and unfairness. Despite his life being appallingly cut short at a comparatively young age, Del achieved a huge amount, both in Britain and overseas.
“I still can’t quite believe that such a positive, open person has lost his life in this way. Both British and European politics have suffered a heavy loss. I personally have lost a funny, kind and very bright colleague and friend.”
Fellow MEP candidate John Howarth said: “Del was a lovely man and a good man. His kindness, generosity and genuine bravery will not be forgotten.
“I know how proud Del’s family were of him. They have lost a son, as has the Labour family. None of us can say anything to console or compensate their loss, words are inadequate but our thoughts are with them.”