Former Tory deputy chairman Lord McAlpine dies

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

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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 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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