BARNSLEY MP Michael Dugher has paid tribute following the death of former Barnsley MP Allen McKay.

Mr Dugher described Mr McKay as "a brilliant MP" who was a courteous, discreet man who had "loved every moment" of his role.

Mr McKay attended Kirk Balk school and worked as an electrician at Elsecar Main Colliery and later in the manpower department at the National Coal Board's headquarters at Grimethorpe.

For some years he was a member of the now defunct Hoyland Urban Council. He went on to be the driving force behind improvements in Hoyland, such as turning the gas works field into a green space and construction of the Clough Fields housing estate.

Mr McKay, who was born in Hoyland Common and lived in Hoyland all his life, died aged 86. He was MP for Penistone from 1978 to 1983 and then MP for Barnsley West and Penistone until 1992.

Mr Dugher said: "He was always incredibly helpful in offering advice. He was really passionate about Hoyland and Barnsley and had a very sharp mind, always following politics closely and continuing to be interested in big issues.

"He used to drive back from Westminster at the end of the week and give a lift to MP Dennis Skinner (the legendary 'Beast of Bolsover') and he held his surgeries in his house on Sunday afternoons."