COLLEAGUES have paid tribute to former Warwickshire MP John Maples, who died aged 69 on Saturday.
Lord Maples represented Stratford-on-Avon from 1997 until 2010, when he left the Commons and joined the House of Lords.
He played a key role in supporting David Cameron’s attempts to modernise the Conservative Party in the run-up to the 2010 general election, overseeing attempts to ensure more women and people from ethnic minorities were selected as Tory candidates.
The policy wasn’t always popular with Conservative activists but seen as an important part of Mr Cameron’s efforts to change the party.
Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield), the International Development Secretary, said: “John Maples was an extremely experienced and effective Parliamentarian, in both the Commons and the Lords.
“He was respected and liked by his many friends and colleagues in Parliament and will be greatly missed.”