Former Peterborough MP Brian Mawhinney dies at the age of 79

Brian Mahwinney, who represented Peterborough and Cambridgeshire for 26 years, has died, his family have announced.

Baron Mahwinney, as he was known after gaining a life peerage in 2005, was the MP for Peterborough between 1979 and 1997. He then represented North West Cambridgeshire until 2005.

In a statement released on Sunday, 11 November, his family confirmed he had died the day before following a long illness.

During his time in office, Baron Mahwinney was also Secretary of State for Transport and Chairman of the Conservative Party.

He was also influential outside of politics, becoming Chairman of the Football League in 2003.