The Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Lord John Maples, who has died at the age of 69.
Lord Maples was the former Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon. He stood down as an MP in 2010 and became a Lord.
A loyal and determined Conservative, John played a key role as my deputy chairman for candidates prior to the last election.
He recognised the need to change and modernise our Party [...]
He will be hugely missed by his many friends and colleagues from both within the Conservative Party and from across the political divide. He was widely respected, and a mentor to many of those he helped realise their own ambition of public service.
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