Tributes paid to former MP Sir Albert

Sir Albert McQuarrie has died at the age of 98.
Sir Albert McQuarrie has died at the age of 98.

Tributes have been paid to former Banff and Buchan MP Sir Albert McQuarrie who died in the early hours of January 13.

Sir Albert - who was affectionately known as the ‘Buchan Bulldog’ - passed away peacefully at 2.30am on Wednesday, his family have confirmed.

The former Banff and Buchan MP was 98.

Sir Albert represented Banff and Buchan from 1983 to 1987 and had previously represented Aberdeenshire East from 1979.

The popular Conservative MP received his knighthood in 1987.

During his parliamentary career, Sir Albert was a champion of the fishing industry in the north-east and also maintained a strong interest in the British territory of Gibralter.

One of his foremost achievements was the passage of the Safety at Sea Bill of 1986 which he brought before Parliament.

As well as a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, Sir Albert also served in the Armed Forces and later pursured a career in business.

Commenting on the passing of Sir Albert McQuarrie, Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford said: “I am sorry to learn of Sir Albert’s passing. After leaving public office he continued to play an active role in his local community until very recently, and will be much missed.

“My condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Alex Salmond commented: “Sir Albert was my predecessor in Banff and Buchan constituency before 1987.

“We enjoyed some fierce political debates, as worthy opponents should.

“He revelled in his title of the ‘Buchan Bulldog’ and will be much missed, obviously friends and family, but also the wider political and public life in Scotland.”

Former Conservative candidate for Banff and Buchan Jimmy Buchan said: “It’s a sad day certainly for me and many other people.

“He was an inspiration for me throughout my political career. He had his core beliefs and he never wavered from them.

“It’s going to be a huge miss to the conservative persuasion of politics.

“But regardless of your politics, he always stood up for his constituents.

“Since he was a young boy he wanted to serve - including in the Armed Forces, as a politician and as a businessman.

“He was also the one who got the Safety at Sea Act, that was one of his major achievements, through Parliament.

“I’ve known him since I was in my 20s and I’m now in my 50s.

“At this time I feel for Lady McQuarrie and his immediate family.”