Trade Union Friends of Israel has paid tribute to Bob Crow following news of his death on Tuesday.

Trade union leader Bob Crow died on Tuesday morning, aged 52

Trade union leader Bob Crow died on Tuesday morning, aged 52

The TUFI, which promotes trade union co-operation between Israel and the Palestinians, issued a statement on Tuesday saying: “Condolences to the family and friends of Bob Crow. He was always willing to talk to TUFI and friends of the Israeli dockers. He will be missed.”

Union officials praised Mr Crow, 52, as an “outstanding” trade unionist, while opponents said they recognised he always worked hard for his members.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, said: “Bob Crow was a major figure in the labour movement and was loved and deeply respected by his members. I didn’t always agree with him politically but I always respected his tireless commitment to fighting for the men and women in his union. He did what he was elected to do, was not afraid of controversy and was always out supporting his members across the country.

Sir Peter Hendy, London’s Transport Commissioner said: “We are shocked by this terribly sad and unexpected news. Our thoughts are with Bob Crow’s family, friends and all those he represented.”