by Rona Mackay
First Minister Alex Salmond led tributes from the Scottish National Party to David Cairns MP, whose death was announced today.
Mr Salmond said: “My deepest condolences go to David Cairns’ family, friends and party colleagues for their untimely loss.
“David Cairns was clearly a dedicated and principled parliamentarian, and an effective representative of his constituents, who carried respect across the political spectrum and far beyond. My thoughts are with his loved ones at their time of loss and sadness.”
West of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan, who lives in Inverclyde, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of David Cairns, and wish to pass my condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
“Despite our political differences, I always found David to be a very warm individual and I had a great respect for him. He cared deeply for Inverclyde, and he will be sorely missed by everyone across the political divide.”
Angus Robertson, SNP Westminster leader, said: “David Cairns will be mourned by MPs in every part of the House of Commons. David’s record shows that he was held in the highest esteem by his constituents, whose causes he championed strongly and effectively, and whose interests he always put first.”