Brian Mawhinney dead – Former Cabinet minister and Football League chairman passes away at 79 after long illness

FORMER Cabinet minister and Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney has died aged 79.

He had been battling a long illness before his death on Saturday, his family said.

Lord Mawhinney served as Tory Party chairman from 1995 to 1997 under Sir John Major's government.

In a statement his family said: "His death brings an end to a life dedicated to public service and rooted in an unwavering Christian faith.

"He was a much loved husband, father and grandfather and a friend to many. He will be much missed."

He was appointed Chairman of The Football League in 2003 and an MP from 1979 until 2005.

Lord Mawhinney was Shadow Home Secretary and spokesman for home, constitutional and legal affairs for a year under William Hague before returning to the back benches in June 1998.

He was elected MP for Peterborough in 1979 and later represented North West Cambridgeshire, retiring in 2005, and was a member of the Cabinet from 1994 until 1997.

During that time he served as minister of state for the Department of Health and secretary of state for Transport.

He was knighted in 1997 and created a life peer in 2005.

During his time at the helm of the sporting body, he introduced the fit and proper persons test for prospective club directors and the publication of club spending on agents' fees.


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