UKIP leader's tribute to 'friend and inspiration' Sir Patrick Moore

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said:

Since I first met Sir Patrick when he dominated a UKIP stage in 1999, he has been a friend and an inspiration. Not only to us in UKIP, but across the country and around the world.

Today we have seen the passing of a true great, and a true Englishman.

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Sir Patrick Moore dies aged 89

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore died today aged 89, a group of his friends and staff said. The broadcaster "passed away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon", at his home in Selsey, West Sussex.