Local Labour Party members are devastated to learn of the death of Matthew Percy, at the age of 21.
Matthew was a very active member, both in his home constituency of Central Suffolk & North Ipswich and in Ipswich Constituency, regularly campaigning with us on the doorstep and attending meetings. He also undertook a Parliamentary internship with Dan Jarvis MP, was a former Member of the Youth Parliament and a campaigner for better understanding of autism.
Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Ipswich, David Ellesmere said: "We are all devastated. Matthew joined the Labour Party at a young age and has worked tirelessly. He recently started a University course at UCS and even more recently was elected unopposed for both Kesgrave Town and Martlesham Parish Councils. It is a tragedy that such a young life has been cut short."
Matthew's mother, Holly Percy "Matthew was a kind-hearted, intelligent and thoughtful young man who was loved deeply by all his family and friends.
"While I am devastated by his death, I am proud to have a son who lived his life to help and support others, and to give a voice to other people.
"He loved politics, and was an active campaigner for the Labour Party. He was also a Martlesham parish councillor and spent many years as a member of the UK Youth Parliament, something which meant a great deal to him.
"Matthew lived with autism, but he did not let that hold him back, achieving a huge amount in his short life. He was also a representative for Ambitious about Autism, the NSPCC, the National Express Youth Panel, and many more.
"He liked to help other people, and he liked to help people understand each other.
"I love him and I will always be thinking of him."
Matthew's family have asked to be given privacy during this difficult time.