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Long-serving MP Lord Monro dies
Lord Monro
Lord Monro died after a short illness in Dumfries Infirmary
One of Scotland's longest-serving Tory MPs, Lord Monro of Langholm and Westerkirk, has died aged 83.

The former Dumfriesshire member of parliament died in Dumfries Infirmary after a short illness.

He was first elected to represent the constituency in 1964 - a position which he held until 1997.

Lord Monro held several front bench positions and earned a reputation as a strong-minded MP, voting against his party on issues such as devolution.

He was born in Edinburgh in 1922 and brought up at Craigcleuch, near Langholm.

Educated at Canford School and King's College, Cambridge, he joined the Royal Air Force during World War II before returning to Dumfriesshire to farm.

His greatest legacy will perhaps be the way he transcended politics here
David Mundell MP

Hector Monro became the county's MP in 1964 and served the area for the next 33 years.

Among the positions he held during his time in parliament was that of UK sports minister.

He was also a key figure in the aftermath of the 1988 Lockerbie Air Disaster - offering help and comfort to relatives from Scotland and abroad.

He was knighted in 1981 and received his peerage in 1997.

Lord Monro is survived by his widow, Lady Doris, whom he married after the death of his first wife Lady Anne in 1994.

He is also survived by two sons, Seymour, a retired major general, and Hughie, a brigadier, who flew back from Baghdad to be at his father's bedside.

Tributes made

Tributes have been made to the prominent politician by his Conservative party colleagues.

Scottish Tory Chairman Peter Duncan said he was a "great man and a great servant for the Conservative party".

Present MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, David Mundell, said he would be missed by everyone regardless of their politics.

He never forgot, even as a government minister, that it was people who had elected him to parliament and they were his first priority
Annabel Goldie
Scottish Tory leader

"Hector will be fondly remembered and sorely missed in Dumfries," he said.

"His greatest legacy will perhaps be the way he transcended politics here.

"He was admired and respected by people of all political parties and none.

"For that reason everyone who knew him will receive today's news with great sadness."

"Hector was the embodiment of public service," added Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie.

"He never forgot, even as a government minister, that it was people who had elected him to parliament and they were his first priority."

'Different mould'

The man who replaced him as MP for the constituency, Labour's Russell Brown, agreed Lord Monro would be missed.

"Hector was an MP from a different mould who wasn't afraid to speak his mind," he said.

"He was dedicated to working for his local area and for the issues he believed in strongly.

"Despite our obvious political differences, myself and Hector respected one another greatly."




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