Louth

Tributes to veteran Louth MP Sir Peter Tapsell

Tributes have been paid to Sir Peter Tapsell, Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle for almost half a century, after he died aged 88 on August 18.

He was Father of the House from 2010 until he stood down ahead of the 2015 general election.

A Eurosceptic, Sir Peter served under nine Conservative leaders but was not part of any Tory governments.

Craig Leyland, the chairman of the Louth and Horncastle Conservative Association, said that Sir Tapsell served the constituency loyally and had never been afraid to speak his mind.

Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough, described him as a “great parliamentarian and colleague over the decades.”

Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said Sir Tapsell “was a notable character who stood up for our county.”