I was very sorry to hear of the death of the Earl of Onslow. He died on Saturday and had been ill for some time. He kept attending the Lords even though confined to a wheelchair and clearly ailing. Despite his illness, he continued to contribute to debates, including the one I initiated on having a Royal Commission on the use of drugs. He was somewhat eccentric – certainly a character – but was a great asset to the House. He thought for himself and pursued causes that may have surprised some. He was a humane character and was devoted to the Lords. Although I heard him say on one of his last days in the House, ‘I have had a good innings’, he was only 73.
Among the obituaries was a notably appreciative one by Quentin Letts.
[I would add a photograph of Lord Onslow but the recent update to the site has meant that we can no longer upload pictures.]