Ulster Unionist Leader, Robin Swann MLA:
“My deepest sympathies go to Lord Laird’s Family and in particular to his Wife Carol, and his children, Alison and David. John was a larger than life character, who cared deeply for Northern Ireland. He will be sadly missed by his family and wide circle of friends.”
Ulster Unionist Peer, Lord Rogan said:
“John was a lifelong friend and Unionist, and was the best man at my wedding. We entered the Lords together in 1999 and shared an office in the Palace of Westminster.
“He was a great stalwart for Northern Ireland and I deeply regret his passing. Lorna and I send our condolences to Carol, Alison, David and the wider family circle.”
Ulster Unionist Party Chairman, Lord Empey said:
“I’ve known John since we were in the Young Unionists together. He had a lifetime commitment to Unionism and Ulster Scots culture which he demonstrated in his own colourful and flamboyant way. I want to express my condolences to Carol, Alison, David and the wider Laird family.”