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.