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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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.