Former Tory deputy chairman Lord McAlpine dies

Former Conservative Party deputy chairman Lord McAlpine has died aged 71, his family has announced.

Tebbit: McAlpine was 'deeply upset' about false claims

Former Conservative minister Lord Tebbit said Lord McAlpine, who has died aged 71, was "deeply upset" by the recent incorrect allegations about his private life.

Lord Tebbit told the BBC: "He had always got something interesting to say. A very cultured man, very interested in the arts, also much-travelled.

Lord Tebbit.
Lord Tebbit said Lord McAlpine was 'deeply upset' by recent allegations. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

"He seemed to find a quite natural home in Italy in recent years."

Lord McAlpine was falsely implicated in abuse allegations following a BBC Newsnight investigation.

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Tory chairman: Lord McAlpine was 'man of integrity'

Lord McAlpine was a "man of integrity" who made a huge contribution to public life, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said.

The former deputy Conservative Party deputy chairman died last night in Italy at the age of 71.

"Lord McAlpine made a huge contribution to public life," Mr Shapps said.

Lord McAlpine has died aged 71. Credit: PA Wire

"He was a man of integrity who had a successful career in both politics and business.

"He was a towering figure during the Thatcher era who did much for the Conservative Party and our country.

"My thoughts are with his friends and family."

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Ex-Tory deputy chairman Lord McAlpine dies aged 71

Former Conservative Party deputy chairman Lord McAlpine has died aged 71, his family has announced.

Lord McAlpine, who was previously an aide to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died last night in Italy, his family said.

Lord McAlpine pictured in 1998.
Lord McAlpine, pictured here in 1998, has died aged 71. Credit: PA

They said in a statement, "It is with great sadness that the family of Lord McAlpine announce his peaceful death last night at his home in Italy."

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