Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's foresight and hope:
"He could see far wider and more ahead than any other and he saw that freedom had to be achieved. That South Africa had to be rebuilt. A multi-racial community had to be established.
"And there was an even bigger cause - that we had to eradicate poverty and injustice throughout his country and the rest of the world. He will remain in the centuries ahead a great inspiration for millions of people."
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has added his tribute to BBC broadcaster John Cole, who has died at the age of 85 after a long illness.
The statement from Mr Brown said: "John Cole was the soft-spoken giant of journalism whose friendly manner and unimpeachable integrity allowed him to ask the difficult questions that got to the heart of an issue.
"Respected by all, he leaves a great legacy of writing and commentating which will serve the test of time."
Gordon Brown has refused to answer questions over revelations made by his former spin doctor Damian McBride.
Mr Brown was at an event to unveil a UN-backed initiative on educating children displaced in Syria’s civil war when he was repeatedly asked by a Telegraph journalist if he condoned Mr McBride's actions which have been revealed as his new memoir has been serialised in the Daily Mail.
However the former Prime Minister appeared to completely ignore all questions regarding Mr McBride.
Damian McBride has returned to this conference a little bit like a bad smell.
I should say for the record that I never did any business with Damian McBride because I thought that his way of doing things was very very toxic right from the start.
I think there are certainly people who have questions to answer about it not least Gordon himself, who employed him for such a long time. Is it really fair to lay all of that at Ed Balls and Ed Milibands door?
I'm not sure, but what I would say with reasonable confidence is that I don't think that is going to change the atmosphere around them now.
Former director of communications at Number 10 Alastair Campbell has told ITV's Daybreak that his "anger" with Damian McBride has nothing to do with his new book "which will be forgotten in no time" but by his "utterly despicable behaviour" while in government.