Former Tory chancellor Nigel Lawson dies aged 91

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described Nigel Lawson as an 'inspiration'.

Former UK Conservative chancellor Nigel Lawson dies aged 91 UK Parliament

Former UK chancellor Nigel Lawson has died at the age of 91.

The politician served in Margaret Thatcher’s government from 1983 until his resignation in 1989.

He was the Conservative MP for the Blaby constituency from 1974 to 1992 and served in the House of Lords until his retirement in December.

He is survived by his six children, including food writer and presenter Nigella Lawson.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is also a former chancellor, paid tribute to the politician, calling him an “inspiration”.

He said: “One of the first things I did as Chancellor was hang a picture of Nigel Lawson above my desk. He was a transformational Chancellor and an inspiration to me and many others.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

Former prime minister Boris Johnson described the late Tory as a “giant” within the party while foreign secretary James Cleverly said he was a “true statesman”.

Johnson said: “Nigel Lawson was a fearless and original flame of free market Conservatism. He was a tax-cutter and simplifier who helped transform the economic landscape and helped millions of British people achieve their dreams.

“He was a prophet of Brexit and a lover of continental Europe. He was a giant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Cleverly said: “Sad news that Nigel Lawson has died.

“A true statesman. His contributions to this nation will not be forgotten.”

And Tory party chairman Greg Hands wrote: “Am sad to learn of the passing of Nigel Lawson.

“He was active in @Conservatives politics until very recently, and will be remembered for his clarity of thinking, commitment to free market economics & willingness to challenge orthodoxies.”

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