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Man describes himself as 'close companion' of the late Lord Molyneaux

Published 11/03/2016

Lord Molyneaux died last year
Lord Molyneaux died last year

A man has described himself as the "close companion" of the late Ulster Unionist leader Lord Molyneaux on the anniversary of his death.

James Molyneaux died last year. He was an MP for almost 30 years and led unionism for 16.

Christopher Luke, who is openly gay, paid tribute.

He placed a memorial notice in a Belfast newspaper which said: "I grieve for you...you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women."

The Irish News reproduced the memorial and published photographs on Friday.

It said: "Deeply missed by his close companion Christopher Luke."

Lord Molyneaux died aged 94 and the first anniversary of his death was this week.

He led the UUP from 1979 to 1995. His tenure included spearheading the unionist backlash against the Anglo Irish Agreement and the early peace process.

Serving in the RAF during the Second World War, he was also among the first British servicemen to enter the liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

He was knighted in 1996 and became a life peer in 1997, taking the title Lord Molyneaux of Killead.

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