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Statement from the Ulster Unionist Party on the death of former Ulster Unionist Peer Lord Laird

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.”

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