Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell, 86, dies

Sir David Mitchell
Image caption Sir David Mitchell represented Hampshire North West until 1997

Former Conservative minister Sir David Mitchell has died aged 86 following a long illness, his family has said.

Sir David served under Margaret Thatcher in various departments including transport, industry and Northern Ireland.

He was MP for Hampshire North West from 1964 to 1997 and died at home in Odiham, Hampshire, earlier.

His son, Tory MP Andrew Mitchell, resigned from the cabinet in 2012 over the so-called Plebgate affair.

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