Tributes pour in for Robin Cook

Tributes pour in for Robin Cook

LONDON – Tributes flooded in from around the political world yesterday to former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook who died after collapsing on a Scottish mountainside.

Cook, who was 59, quit the government in 2003 in protest over the Iraq war. Politicians from all parties praised him as one of the outstanding political debaters of his era.He drew widespread praise for an eloquent resignation speech when he quit the government.His successor as Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, called Cook “the greatest parliamentarian of his generation”.Prime Minister Tony Blair warmly praised Cook as an intellectual and political heavyweight despite their clash over the decision to back the United States in Iraq in 2003.”This news will be received with immense sadness, not just in Britain but in many parts of the world,” Blair said.”Robin was an outstanding, extraordinary talent – brilliant, incisive in debate, of incredible skill and persuasive power.”Conservative leader Michael Howard called his contribution to British politics “immense”.Menzies Campbell, the deputy leader of Liberal Democrats, added: “His intellectual rigour and his lancing wit meant he was an opponent that one had to respect.”Cook served as foreign secretary from 1997 to 2001 and then became Leader of the House of Commons – the government’s top representative in parliament.He served in that post until 2003.Cook collapsed on Saturday while walking with his wife Gaynor on Ben Stack mountain in northwest Scotland, police said.A rescue helicopter took him to hospital in the town of Inverness, where he was pronounced dead.- Nampa-ReutersIn BriefPoliticians from all parties praised him as one of the outstanding political debaters of his era.He drew widespread praise for an eloquent resignation speech when he quit the government.His successor as Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, called Cook “the greatest parliamentarian of his generation”.Prime Minister Tony Blair warmly praised Cook as an intellectual and political heavyweight despite their clash over the decision to back the United States in Iraq in 2003.”This news will be received with immense sadness, not just in Britain but in many parts of the world,” Blair said.”Robin was an outstanding, extraordinary talent – brilliant, incisive in debate, of incredible skill and persuasive power.”Conservative leader Michael Howard called his contribution to British politics “immense”.Menzies Campbell, the deputy leader of Liberal Democrats, added: “His intellectual rigour and his lancing wit meant he was an opponent that one had to respect.”Cook served as foreign secretary from 1997 to 2001 and then became Leader of the House of Commons – the government’s top representative in parliament.He served in that post until 2003.Cook collapsed on Saturday while walking with his wife Gaynor on Ben Stack mountain in northwest Scotland, police said.A rescue helicopter took him to hospital in the town of Inverness, where he was pronounced dead.- Nampa-ReutersIn Brief

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