‘But above all, he was the kind, funny and lovely man to know. All my thoughts with his family.’
Oliver Heald, MP for North East Hertfordshire, said: ‘Sad to learn of the passing of my old friend Peter Ainsworth.
‘He was a good MP, great public servant and a strength in the Opposition Years. Last met up with him to see the play This House, where we both recognised and enjoyed the Whips’ Dilemma.’
Former minister for universities and science Sam Gyimah added: ‘Very sad to hear of the passing of Peter Ainsworth, my predecessor as MP for East Surrey.
‘Peter was charming, witty, thoughtful and principled. A committed environmentalist, passionate about the Arts and was in politics for the right reasons. Thinking of his adorable family.’
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the National Lottery described Mr Ainsworth as a ‘tireless public servant’ and added: ‘Peter was a passionate advocate for the environment and for communities all across the UK. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.’
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