Tributes mark death of Nelson Mandela

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Politicians and councils have marked the passing of Nelson Mandela - and Linthgow MP Michael Connarty said the former South African leader was ‘’ a true man of the people.’’

West Lothian and City of Edinburgh Councils opened books of condolence, to be signed by members of the public.

Leader of West Lothian Council, John McGinty, said: “West Lothian joins millions across the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela

‘‘He was a beacon of moral justice and, quite simply, inspiring and irreplaceable.

“He led the world in a quest for justice and equality and his legacy in striving for human rights for all will never be forgotten.

‘‘He truly shaped the world we live in today and his legacy will live on and inspire generations to come.

“Our thoughts are with his family and all South Africans today.”

Provost Tom Kerr added: “It is very difficult to fully express the impact that Nelson Mandela had on his country and across the globe.

‘‘Generations around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for equality and freedom.

‘‘ He touched our lives and he will never be forgotten.”

The flags at the West Lothian Civic Centre are flying at half mast.

Books of condolence will be available for members of the public to sign at the following locations in West Lothian:

West Lothian Civic Centre, Livingston (Howden South Road) Linlithgow Library (The Vennel)

Michael Connarty, Labour MP for Linlithgow and East Falkirk, said:‘’“Nelson Mandela was a hugely inspirational figure.

‘‘He touched millions of lives in my generation as he became the symbol of the politics of the anti-apartheid movement”.

‘‘’I was honoured to be invited as a guest at the celebrations in the South African Embassy after Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first black president.

‘’I also joined thousands of others in George Square in Glasgow to see and hear Mandela receive the freedom of Glasgow and eight other UKcities. ‘

’When Nelson Mandela quietly returned to the stage during the performance of South African musicians and started to dance his famous ‘Mandela Shuffle’, the crowd erupted in cheering ‘

‘‘He was a true man of the people.”