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Lord McAlpine dies aged 71

Former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and Sir Robert McAlpine director Alistair McAlpine has died.

As well as being part of the McAlpine construction dynasty, Lord McAlpine was a trusted adviser to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

His family said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the family of Lord McAlpine announce his peaceful death last night [Friday, January 17] at his home in Italy.”

Lord McAlpine was grandson of Sir Robert McAlpine, founder of the construction giant, one of the UK’s largest with annual turnover of more than £700m.

Prime minister David Cameron tweeted: “My thoughts are with Lord McAlpine’s family – he was a dedicated supporter of Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party.”

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps tweeted: “Lord McAlpine made a huge contribution to public life. A man of true integrity in business and politics. My thoughts are with his family.”

Sir Robert McAlpine is the contractor behind projects in the UK spanning more than a century, from its work on Glasgow’s Kilbowie Housing in 1883 to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

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