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BBC broadcaster John Cole dies

Former BBC Political Editor John Cole has died at 85 after a long illness. He was in the role from 1981 until the 1992 General Election. David Cameron led the tributes, saying: "He is someone who contributed so much to British political life."

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Major: 'When John Cole spoke, everyone listened'

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has paid tribute to BBC broadcaster John Cole, saying that when he "spoke, everyone listened."

John Cole was one of the finest political correspondents of my lifetime, and a real credit to his profession. When John spoke, everyone listened.

He was always well-informed, balanced - and trustworthy - and set the bar very high for all who followed.

My thoughts and sympathy are with his family.

– Former prime minister Sir John Major

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