Nigel Lawson, the former Conservative chancellor and MP for Blaby, has passed away at the age of 91. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Lord Lawson held a number of cabinet posts under Margaret Thatcher and was chancellor during the 1980s. His legacy is one of a transformational chancellor and an inspiration to many.
Rishi Sunak, the current chancellor, paid tribute to Lord Lawson, saying that one of the first things he did as chancellor was hang a picture of Lord Lawson above his desk. He expressed his condolences to Lord Lawson’s family and friends.
Boris Johnson, the former prime minister, also paid tribute to Lord Lawson, calling him “a fearless and original flame of free market Conservatism”. He praised him for being “a tax-cutter and simplifier who helped transform the economic landscape and helped millions of British people achieve their dreams”. He also highlighted Lord Lawson’s love for continental Europe and his role as a prophet of Brexit.
Lord Lawson is survived by six children, including Nigella Lawson, a food writer and celebrity cook. His legacy will live on through his work and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.