Live updates

Funeral of Jeremy Thorpe takes place in London

The funeral of Jeremy Thorpe was held today Credit: ITV West Country, Bob Constantine

The funeral of Jeremy Thorpe took place in London today.

The MP, who represented North Devon for 20 years, died earlier this month at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The service will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster. Party leaders past and present attended, as well as Sir Nick Harvey, who inherited Mr Thorpe's North Devon seat.

Party leaders to attend Jeremy Thorpe's funeral

Jeremy Thorpe with his wife during the 1974 General Election campaign Credit: PA

The funeral of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is due to take place in London today.

The MP, who represented North Devon for 20 years, died earlier this month at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The service will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster. Party leaders past and present will attend as well as Sir Nick Harvey, who inherited Mr Thorpe's North Devon seat.

Advertisement

West Country MPs pay tribute to Jeremy Thorpe

Tributes have been pouring in for former North Devon MP and Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe who died yesterday after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Jeremy Thorpe leaving the press conference in 1977 in which he talked about his acquaintance with Norman Scott Credit: PA

His political career never recovered after details of an alleged affair with an acquaintance - Norman Scott - became public in the 1970s.

Among those paying their respects to the charismatic politician are St Ives MP, Andrew George and Nick Harvey - who represents Mr Thorpe's old constituency.

Jeremy Thorpe: "An amazingly charismatic politician"

Liberal leader and North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe with his wife on walkabout in Barnstaple during the 1974 General Election campaign Credit: PA

As politicians across the country reflect on the life and times of Jeremy Thorpe who died today, Lord Steel - who took over from him as leader of the Liberal Party - has described him as an amazingly charismatic politician.

He told our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine that he remembers the moment Mr Thorpe became MP for North Devon - and all the trials he went through too.

You can watch the interview below:

Advertisement

  1. National

Tributes paid to Jeremy Thorpe

Tributes have been paid to former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe.

His son Rupert said the politician had been a "devoted husband" to his two wives Caroline and Marion who had stood by him "through everything".

He added: "His grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss him dearly, as will I."

Liberal Democrat former minister Sir Nick Harvey, who represents Mr Thorpe's former constituency of North Devon, described him as a "towering force in shaping the political landscape of the late 20th and early 21st centuries".

He said: "Jeremy Thorpe was a colossal figure in the revival of the Liberal cause in post-war Britain and today's Lib Dem politicians continue to feast on his legacy."

Read more here: Former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe dies

Former North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe has died

Tributes have been paid to former North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe, who has died aged 85.

Thorpe, who also headed the Liberal Party party in the 1960s and 1970s, had been battling with Parkinson's Disease for more than three decades.

"He had a genuine sympathy for the underprivileged - whether in his beloved North Devon where his first campaign was for 'mains, drains and a little bit of light' or in Africa, where he was a resolute fighter against apartheid and became a respected friend of people like President Kaunda of Zambia."

– Lord Steel of Aikwood
Jeremy Thorpe has died at the age of 85 Credit: ITV News

Exeter-based Flybe responds to Autumn Statement

Exeter-based Flybe has welcomed George Osbourne's announcement that air passenger duty is to be scrapped for children under 12 from next year.

“The scrapping of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on flights for children under the age of 12 is to be welcomed. However, this is just tinkering at the edges and represents a missed opportunity by The Chancellor to show that he is serious about the economic regeneration of the UK regions. Despite continuing to engage with the government to emphasise the unfairness of APD, the needs of our regional passengers are still being ignored.

“It’s time for the Chancellor to seriously listen to the UK regions and deliver reform quickly, to ensure the government does not inflict further damage to the UK’s aspirations for economic growth.”

“The Smith Commission’s recommendations to devolve APD to the Scottish Government shows progress, and we believe its implementation would demonstrate the benefits ofcutting or abolishing the tax to other nations or regions within the UK, which in turn would deliver a balanced economic recovery.”

– Flybe’s Chief Executive Saad Hammad
Load more updates