Tuesday, December 22, 1998 Published at 17:39 GMT
Tributes to Lord Soper
Lord Soper died on Tuesday
Tributes from the religious and political world are being paid to the Methodist campaigner and Labour peer Lord Soper.
Prime Minister Tony Blair
"Lord Soper was a fine Christian and a man of great integrity and principle.
"He will be remembered for his formidable oratory, his sincere beliefs as a Christian socialist and his powerful contributions to the national debate. He will be greatly missed."
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey
Chris Bryant, chairman of the Christian Socialist Movement
"Donald was one of the greatest Christians that Britain produced in the 20th century.
"He was a man of great integrity and honesty, with an energy way beyond his years. Donald had a wicked sense of humour and as co-founder of the Christian Socialist Movement was a great inspiration and will be greatly missed."
Tory MP David Wilshire
"It is the end of a wonderful ministry, the end of an institution, the end of a character whom everyone respected even though some might have disagreed with him.
"He continued his open-air preaching nearly up to the time of his death and he had an enormous effect on an enormous number of people. Would that there were more like him."
"It was his own inspiration which led me to go into politics and I was happy to tell him so later in life. I went to hear him speak only a few months ago and though his voice had gone his mind was as sharp as ever."
Labour MP Derek Foster
"Donald Soper was a great peacemonger and he will be very sadly missed. It is very difficult to imagine anyone being able to take up his mantle."
Conservative MP Robert Key
"In the House of Lords he never missed an opportunity to hold governments to account and to give a strong Christian lead. I may have disagreed with almost all his politics, but I knew a good man when I saw one."
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