He was a pretty solid sort of guy.
Not my style, obviously, but he tended to play down the partisan crap in favor of being a decent (though statist) person. He actually put himself out there and sweated while unloading food and aid, didn't just talk about it.
Was aiming for an MEP seat, and I'd have backed him for it. I'd have given him crap for his pro Palestine stance too - but he did his time in the trenches. One of the rare sorts who walks the walk.
No side to him at all. He'd eat what we ate, sleep where we slept and duck when he were told to. Only met once - briefly. I liked the guy.