Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson dies aged 91: Tory MP who served Margaret Thatcher during the 1980s passes away
Former Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet in the 1980s, has died at age 91.
Lord Lawson was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in June 1983 and served in the role until his resignation in October 1989.
Before entering the Cabinet, Lord Lawson served as the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Energy.
Lord Lawson served as a backbencher from 1989 until his retirement in 2022. He sat in the House of Lords during the same time period.
He also founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which lobbied against climate change policies, and was an active supporter of Vote Leave, which campaigned for the UK to leave the European Union.
Former Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet in the 1980s, has died at age 91. He is pictured with Ms Thatcher at Number 10
Following news of his death, tributes began flooding in for the former Chancellor.
Former prime minister Boris Johnson, Tory chairman Greg hands and ex-chancellor Sajid Javid were among those marking his death.
Mr Johnson said: ‘Nigel Lawson was a fearless and original flame of free market Conservatism. He was a tax-cutter and simplifier who helped transform the economic landscape and helped millions of British people achieve their dreams.
‘He was a prophet of Brexit and a lover of continental Europe. He was a giant. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.’
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