I've had it confirmed that Gwyneth Dunwoody passed away this evening... Very sad. A real character and a great example of an independent minded MP. She will truly be mourned by everyone in politics. She would have made a truly great Speaker. Her period as chairman of the Transport Select Committee will be remembered with fondness by all the MPs who served with her and those who gave evidence. She was truly formidable.
I met her a few times when she used to come into Politico's. She had a very naughty sense of humour which everyone who knew her is going to miss. She was a great mimic and delighted in self deprecation.
There aren't many politicians who will be missed as much by their political opponents as their allies, but Gwyneth is one.