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PM: 'Kind' Lord Howe had 'huge courage and resolve'

David Cameron said Lord Howe had Credit: PA

David Cameron led tributes to Lord Howe, describing him as "the quiet hero of the first Thatcher government" and said the Conservative family "has lost one of its greats".

The Prime Minister said the former chancellor was "a kind, gentle and deeply thoughtful man" who had "huge courage and resolve".

The Prime Minister said: "His time as Chancellor of the Exchequer was vital in turning the fortunes of our country around, cutting borrowing, lowering tax rates and conquering inflation. Lifting exchange controls may seem obvious now, but it was revolutionary back then. He was the quiet hero of the first Thatcher government.

"He loved his politics and never stopped giving strong and sound advice. George Osborne and I benefited greatly from his wisdom and determination to improve the state of the country.

"Our thoughts are with his family."

Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe dies, aged 88

Lord Howe died after a suspected heart attack. Credit: PA

Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe died last night aged 88 after a suspected heart attack, his family has announced.

The Tory grandee was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister - but was widely held to have ended her premiership with a devastating resignation speech in 1990.

A statement issued by his family said: "It is with deep sadness that the Howe family today announced that Geoffrey Howe died suddenly late yesterday evening, aged 88, at his home in Warwickshire, of a suspected heart attack, after enjoying a local jazz concert with his wife Elspeth.

"There will be a private family funeral, followed by a memorial service in due course. The family would be grateful for privacy at this time."

Turkish President condemns deadly double bombing

At least 30 people died in the suspected terror attack. Credit: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the double bombing in Ankara, saying it had targeted "our nation's peace".

In a written statement from his office, Erdogan called for "solidarity and determination as the most meaningful response to terror" and said those behind the attack aimed to sow division between sections of society.


F1 practice abandoned after Sainz crash

Carlos Sainz crashed out. Credit: PA

Final practice at the Russian Grand Prix has been abandoned following a crash involving Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz.

Sainz's Toro Rosso was pictured submerged in the tyre barrier at the high-speed turn 13 section of the track which runs through Sochi's Olympic Park.

The red flags were deployed and with 14 minutes remaining the decision was taken not to restart the session.

Sainz, 21, was attended to by medical staff at the scene of the crash. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost told Sky Sports F1 the driver was "conscious" and that a decision would be taken later on whether he could play any further part in the race weekend.

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