Edward Leigh has said how ‘deeply saddened’ he is by the death of Margaret Thatcher.
“Mrs Thatcher was hugely admired for her political conviction,” said Mr Leigh.
“Her achievements, from a domestic and an international perspective, are extraordinary.
“I was very sad to learn of her death today and send my condolences to her family and all those who were close to her.
We will never fully appreciate how much Mrs Thatcher transformed this country, in my opinion very much for the better.
“Mrs Thatcher’s opening words, borrowed from St Francis Assisi, on the steps of Downing Street are still as poignant and visionary today as they were then: ‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.’
“I did support, and continue to support, all of her policies.”
Edward Leigh went to the House of Commons in 1983 and enjoyed working with Mrs Thatcher while she was Prime Minister.
He was the last Minister to be appointed by Mrs Thatcher, in November 1990.