Local MEP candidate killed in terrorist attack

Del Singh

One of the Labour Party’s South East candidates for May’s European Elections has been killed in a terrorist attack abroad.

Del Singh was one of 21 people killed in a Kabul restaurant after it was subjected to a bomb and gun attack in the Afghan capital last Friday.

The 39 year-old Southampton man had stated his working life in Eastleigh working alongside his Mum at the Kipling (Prices) bakery and later at Mother’s Pride

Mr. Singh spoke to Eastleigh News last year when he started his MEP Election campaign in the town centre by setting up a pitch outside Ukip’s former Market Street HQ.

Del talking to Eastleigh News

Del talking to Eastleigh News

The international Development Specialist supported a number of local charity projects and had worked many of the world’s trouble spots helping to deliver aid.

Labour leader Ed Miliband paid tribute to Mr. Singh saying:

“My thoughts – and the thoughts of the whole Labour Party – are with the family and friends of Del Singh.”

  9 comments for “Local MEP candidate killed in terrorist attack

  1. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    January 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    A quietly spoken and intelligent guy who only wanted to help other people – what a terrible thing to happen.

    So sorry for family.

  2. Keith House
    January 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    As I tweeted when this news came through I was shocked and angry at this news.

    Having worked on democracy projects in some difficult parts of the world, I’ve seen and worked with people from all parties and none and appreciate the risks everyone takes. You always think “it won’t happen to you”. Sadly for Del, that was not the case.

    In the UK, politics is often a messy business. But as I say to all new staff at the Borough Council, on 90% of the issues, 90% of us agree 90% of the time. Politics is the difference. On democracy and on helping people, we all agree.

  3. Sue
    January 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Very sad. A massive loss to the community as well as to his friends and family :0(

  4. Rigel
    January 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    What does that comment from Keith house mean ? What Democracy projects ? where ?

    Is that what Iraq is, a democracy project ? how quaint …….

    message from our leader – all wars are now rebranded as democracy projects !

    Is politics a messy business here in the UK ?, please tell me more Keith.

    Has Keith House ever met the guy , it sounds like he his just associating himself with a ‘fallen hero’ . Do we know if he has been confirmed as a target , has isis claimed responsibility , or are we meant to think it’s another bomb that randomly goes off in a foriegn country because a few people are very disturbed and is absolutely nothing to do with our foreign policy , or MI6 or private security firms or the great game etc

    you know if he was trying to make peace and help people live happy lives, this is what happens – look at Oscar Romero in El Salvador

    Latin America in the 80’s is the Middle East now

    Maliki has made some mistakes recently, pulling out of Fallujah was the wrong thing to do, he’s losing it but still better than the US puppet el baradai , the Saudis are exporting the attack on Syria to Iraq , and the UN now bans Iran from Geneva 2. Syria’s next door neighbor can’t be involved by edict from Rockefeller plaza

    Live in Hope , Rest in Peace

  5. January 21, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Good grief. That’s terrible news.

    That “My thoughts are with the family” phrase is much over-used in British Politics, but it really does apply in this instance…

  6. Rosie
    January 21, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Dreadful that Keith House is using this tragic news as a “party political statement” and yet more propaganda “bigging up” the local Lib Dems.
    One simple statement regarding the gentleman concerned and his contribution to both local politics and his international work would have sufficed.

    • Keith House
      January 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Rosie – no mention of party politics in my comment. My point was straightforward. In times of adversity those of us engaged in democracy stand together. I have been proud to work with people from many parties in many countries working to enhance democracy. We share a common belief and values.

  7. Rigel
    January 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    1 My Bad , Afghanistan not Iraq, didn’t even read where it was just presumed it was Iraq.

    2 Rum punches on the palm fringed beaches ,LOL that sounds like a very difficult part of the world Keith , difficult… to keep the sweat showing through the white suit , difficult to keep your mind on the ‘work’ we were paying you for ? difficult to stop pinging the ball over the fence of the private tennis court ?
    Is that an example of messy.politics.

    Reading that article xpress makes me think he was a top bloke , I think I met him at some event last year, eastleigh needs every one ,too bad.

    and the Taliban (our little 1980’s experiment creating radical islam to bash the ruskies ) continues to blowback at the wrong people . Taliban tactics are indiscriminate just about as indiscriminate as dropping bombs on people from aeroplanes .

    Maybe as a labour supporter and a nice guy Del felt guilty for TB sexing up the dossier and then killing lots of people- he might have been trying to help get us out of there. 13 years, Billions of pounds , 1000’s of deaths , decades wasted in lives, what an awful policy , how shameful , we failed to stop the snake tounged politicians from another foolish scheme to get their buddies rich . We failed our brothers and sisters over there , War must be avoided always I was dissapointed that Thornton was not one of the MPs to vote against Cameron on Syria , he thought we should get involved in a war over there , but i was heartened that sense prevailed.

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