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Lord McAlpine death: 'He was just a joy to be with' - Lord Tebbit

Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit has paid tribute to his colleague Lord McAlpine, who has died at the age of 71.

Lord McAlpine, who was a former deputy chairman in the party and an aide to then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died in Italy on Friday night.

Lord Tebbit told BBC News that Lord McAlpine "always had something interesting to say" and that he had been an important "confidant" to Mrs Thatcher during her time in office.

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