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."

Read: David Cameron pays tribute to Lord McAlpine

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Former Tory deputy chairman Lord McAlpine dies

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