Former Conservative minister Lord Roberts dies

Tory former minister Lord Roberts of Conwy has died at the age of 83, the Conservative Party has said.

PM: Lord Roberts a 'formidable champion' for Wales

David Cameron has paid tribute to former Tory minister Lord Roberts of Conwy, who has died aged 83, describing him as a "formidable champion" for Wales.

David Cameron says Lord Roberts was a 'formidable champion' for Wales. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Prime Minister added: "Wyn was one of the kindest and most compassionate colleagues I had the pleasure to work with. But his gentle nature could not disguise his skill as a front-line politician and his resolve to be a champion for his beloved Wales.

"As a Member of Parliament for almost three decades, Wyn gave unstinting service to the Welsh Office as a minister between 1979 and 1994. And in the Lords, Wyn was never one to watch events from the sidelines, returning to the front bench as a shadow minister for a decade after 1997".

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Welsh Secretary's tribute to 'wise' Lord Roberts

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A true Conservative, Wyn Roberts delivered more for Welsh cultural life than any politician in living memory

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Wales First Minister: Lord Roberts will be greatly missed

Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones has described Lord Roberts of Conwy, who has died aged 83, as a leading Welsh politician for more than 30 years.

Lord Roberts was a leading figure in Welsh politics for more than 30 years.

As well as a long career in the Welsh Office he will be particularly remembered for his work on the Welsh language and for piloting the Welsh Language Act in 1983.

He will be greatly missed by Welsh politics as a whole.

– Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones

Former Conservative minister Lord Roberts dies

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Lord Roberts of Conwy in the Houses of Parliament. Credit: IAN NICHOLSON/PA Archive

Tory former minister Lord Roberts of Conwy has died at the age of 83, the Conservative Party has said.

Welsh Secretary David Jones said the peer, who served in the Thatcher and Major governments, was "arguably the greatest Welshman of his generation".

Lord Roberts was MP for Conwy from 1970 until 1997.