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The former minister and Liberal Democrat peer, Baroness Williams of Crosby, has died at the age of 90.

In a statement, the leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ed Davey said that news of her death was “heartbreaking”.

He described her as “an inspiration to millions, a Liberal lion and a true trailblazer”.

“I feel privileged to have known her, listened to her and worked with her. Like so many others, I will miss her terribly,” he said.

“Political life will be poorer without her intellect, her wisdom and her generosity,” he added.

“Shirley had a limitless empathy only too rare in politics today; she connected with people, cared about their lives and saw politics as a crucial tool to change lives for the better.”

The party said Baroness Williams had passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning.

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