Former NDP Leader Passes Away

The former leader of the provincial NDP party has passed away.

Cleophas Newhook was leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party from 1989 to 1992 but was unsuccessful in several attempts to win a seat for himself in the House of Assembly.

Prior to becoming party leader he was the NDP's executive secretary as well as a candidate.

He became leader by defeating MHA Gene Long by a margin of 126 votes to 105 in the party's first-ever leadership convention in 1989.

Newhook died after a short battle with cancer.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.