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Cameron tribute to 'amazing' father

David Cameron has paid tribute to his "amazing" father Ian, saying he had "touched a lot of lives in lots of different ways".

The Prime Minister also thanked French President Nicolas Sarkozy for arranging a helicopter so he could reach the 77-year-old's bedside after he suffered a stroke while on holiday near Toulon.

A statement released by Downing Street on behalf of the premier and his family said: "Our dad was an amazing man - a real life enhancer. He never let the disability he was born with or the complications in later life get in the way of his incredible sense of fun and enjoyment.

"He touched a lot of lives in lots of different ways and was a brilliant husband and father.

"You could never be down for long when he was around. We will miss him terribly but have a bank of memories that can never be exhausted."

Mr Cameron cancelled his duties in the UK and took a commercial flight to France on Wednesday after learning that his father had been taken ill.

Thanks to the assistance of Mr Sarkozy, he arrived at the hospital along with brother Alex and sister Clare shortly before Mr Cameron senior died.

The family's statement said: "This was unexpected and sudden, but he was having a wonderful holiday and was with great friends.

"Above all he was with Mum, to whom he was devoted, and he was happy - and the end came quickly. We will treasure all the joy he brought us."

The Prime Minister's spokesman said he would be returning to Downing Street later on Thursday.


From Belfast Telegraph