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Former MP David Mudd dies aged 86

Former Conservative MP for Falmouth & Camborne, David Mudd, has passed away after several months of ill health, He was 86. His death was confirmed, by his son Saul on a Facebook post to a local Falmouth group The text of the post is included below, with his express permission.

“For those who knew my Father David Mudd – He passed away this morning

William David Mudd (David)
(2nd June 1933 > 28TH April 2020)
Newspaper journalist, broadcaster, television reporter, lay preacher, Cornish bard, author and MP.

David Passed away in the early hours of April 28th 2020, after several months of ill health. He leaves behind him his wife Diana, his Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

He was born in Falmouth to an acclaimed maritime family, He remained a patriotic Cornishman all his life. He was proud to be a Cornish Bard, and a Methodist Lay preacher.

After completing his Education at Truro Cathedral School, he started a career in journalism. He spent a short period working as a stage manager in ballrooms throughout the UK and as a tour manager with the Eric Winston band.

He served his National Service on merchant ships as a Purser with Union Castle lines, sailing between the UK and South Africa. While visiting South Africa he was introduced to the BBC and ventured into Radio Broadcasting.

David always had a strong interest in local politics, and was elected to the Tavistock Urban Council from 1959 to 1961. With the launch of Independent television franchises in 1961 David temporarily gave up politics and joined the newly formed Westward TV based in Plymouth, as a newsreader and reporter.

In 1970 he was elected Member of Parliament for the Falmouth and Camborne constituency and remained as a member of parliament for 22 years. In 1992 after winning 6 general elections in his home constituency he decided to stand down and retire. During the 1970’s he remained an active member of Mebyon Kernow.

David used his free time writing books; fifteen historical, one children’s book, and one fiction.
In retirement David never found a way to relax. He took great pleasure in travelling the world as a guest lecturer with Saga cruises, he was accompanied with his wife Diana.

Of the many anecdotes David loved to deliver – He was always proud to recount that he had been sacked by the Western Morning News twice.
“ The WMN got rid of me TWICE ! Once was when I did not hit it off with the North Devon reporter, A.J. Butcher. He did not like my style of work. The other was when after a few broadcasts, the editor, Noel Vincent, decided that my heart was more in the up-and-coming local radio instead of the growingly turgid and reader starved WMN””

From all of us here at Source FM, we send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of David Mudd, who will be greatly missed.