An Aberdeen couple whose son died in Iraq have paid tribute to the late MP Frank Doran for his support in the time following his death.
Diane and Walter Douglas described the help the former Aberdeen North MP offered following the death of their son, Lance Corporal Allan Douglas, who was killed at the age of 22 while serving with The Highlanders in Iraq in 2006.
Diane said: “He came to our house and was there for us through it all and worked hard to have Allan’s inquest and post-mortem up here in Aberdeen.”
Previously, all military inquests and post-mortems were held down in London and Mr Doran had lobbied in Parliament to have military inquests held in Scotland.
Both Diane and Walter had to travel to Oxford to attend the inquest into the death of their son.
Diane said: “We spent time in the Houses of Parliament with him while he was lobbying to have inquests up in Scotland, and it worked.
“It’s good to know that if something like this should ever happen to anyone else, then they won’t have to go through what we did.”
She added: “With all his help, he made a horrible situation a little bit better and easier.”
The couple, who live in Northfield, also expressed their sadness and shock after hearing of Mr Doran’s death on Monday.
Diane said: “We were so upset to hear the news. It was such a shock – I couldn’t believe it.
“We last saw him a couple years ago just before he left as an MP.
“We’ll certainly be sending a card to express our sympathy for his wife, Joan.”
“He was such a lovely man and he’ll be sadly missed.” The couple also paid tribute to Mr Doran’s additional work during his long stint as an MP, including his campaign to improve North Sea safety standards following the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988.
Diane said: “What he did in the aftermath of Piper Alpha was amazing. Every single one of his constituents he saw as individuals and treated them differently.
“He represented everything that an MP should be.”