6 Nov 2018

West Kwaio MP in Solomons dies

4:50 pm on 6 November 2018

The Member of Parliament for West Kwaio constituency in Solomon Islands, Peter Tom, has died.

Peter Tom

Peter Tom Photo: Facebook/ National Parliament of Solomon Islands Media

Mr Tom, who has been ill for some time, died last night.

He was first elected to parliament in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.

He served as the Minister for Women, Youth and Children's Affairs from 2011 to 2014.

According to the Parliament website, Peter Tom was a church pastor prior to entering politics and his formal education ended after primary school.

Mr Tom was born in 1964 and his home village is Kwailatutu in Malaita Province.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister is expected later today.