Nigel Lawson dies aged 91 as tributes pour in for Nigella Lawsons dad

Nigel Lawson has sadly died at the age of 91.

Tributes have started to pour in for the Conservative former chancellor, who was also the father of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, 63.

Following a report in the Telegraph, former prime minister Boris Johnson, Tory chairman Greg hands and ex-chancellor Sajid Javid were among those marking his death.

“Nigel Lawson was a fearless and original flame of free market Conservatism," Johnson said.

"He was a tax-cutter and simplifier who helped transform the economic landscape and helped millions of British people achieve their dreams.

“He was a prophet of Brexit and a lover of continental Europe. He was a giant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family," the former Prime Minister added.

"Sad news that Nigel Lawson has died," Foreign Secretary James Cleverley wrote. "A true statesman. His contributions to this nation will not be forgotten."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Mr Lawson "was a transformational chancellor and an inspiration to me and many others" in a tweet.

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab also paid tribute, writing that Lawson was "a giant who changed the political weather, a lodestar for Conservatives, and a kind man always generous with his wisdom".

The politician was North London born and bred, and went on to complete National Service in the Royal Navy in his early 20s.

Lord Lawson then began his career as a journalist, and worked at the Financial Times in the mid 50s.

He represented the old Leicestershire constituency of Baby from 1974 to 1992, and was also known for serving in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet during the 80s.

Lord Lawson joined the House of Lords in 1992, and only retired in January this year.

As well as Nigella, Nigel had five other children, including journalist Dominic Lawson.

Nigella was the daughter of Nigel and his firth wife Vanessa Salmon, who was heiress to the J. Lyons and Co. fortune.

The TV chef's mother tragically died at the age of 48 from liver cancer in 1985.


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