Tributes to former Whitby MP

Leon Brittan, pictured in Whitehall in 1981, during his time as MP for Cleveland and Whitby
Leon Brittan, pictured in Whitehall in 1981, during his time as MP for Cleveland and Whitby

Tributes have been paid to Leon Brittan, ex-Whitby MP and former home secretary, who died on Wednesday.

Lord Brittan, who represented the town between 1974 and 1983, passed away at home following a long battle with cancer.

Paying tribute, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Leon Brittan was a dedicated and fiercely intelligent public servant.

“As a central figure in Margaret Thatcher’s government, he helped her transform our country for the better by giving distinguished service as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.”

William Hague, former Leader of the Conservative party, desribed Lord Brittan as “a kind, assiduous and brilliant man.”

It was revealed that a private funeral service for family only will take place, and a memorial service will be announced.

In a statement made by Lord Brittan’s family, they said: “As a family, we should like to pay tribute to him as a beloved husband to Diana and brother to Samuel, and a supportive and loving stepfather to Katharine and Victoria, and step-grandfather to their children.

“We also salute his extraordinary commitment to British public life as a Member of Parliament, Minister, Cabinet Minister, European Commissioner and Peer - together with a distinguished career in law, and latterly in business.

“Leon passed away at his home in London after a long battle with cancer. We shall miss him enormously.”