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Last Updated: Monday, 29 January 2007, 20:45 GMT
Former Tory minister Channon dies
Lord Kelvedon, formerly Paul Channon
Lord Kelvedon was Southend West MP between 1959 and 1997
Former trade and industry secretary and ex-Southend West MP Paul Channon has died at the age of 71.

The former Conservative minister was made a life peer - Baron Kelvedon of Ongar - in 1997. He died at the family home in Brentwood, Essex, on Saturday.

Lord Kelvedon was Southend West MP between 1959 and 1997.

He was minister of trade between 1983 and 1986, trade and industry secretary between 1986 and 1987 and transport secretary between 1987 and 1989.

His time as transport secretary was marred by the Clapham Junction rail crash at Britain's busiest station and the Lockerbie disaster where Pan Am flight 103 was downed by a bomb planted by Libyan agents.

Tory leader in the House of Lords, Lord Strathclyde, said: "He was a much valued and well-respected member of the Conservative Party, and a great servant of our country as a member of the Cabinet in the 1980s.

"Illness sadly reduced his activity in the House of Lords but his insights and knowledge will be much missed."

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