Lord Gilmour, former Spectator Editor and Cabinet minister, will be best remembered for being a leading Tory critic of Margaret Thatcher.

The Metro has a first report | BBC

Saturday morning:

Telegraph: "The former Conservative Cabinet minister Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar died. He was 81.  Lord Gilmour, a staunch opponent of Thatcherism and a pro-European, died at the West Middlesex Hospital following a short illness, his eldest son David said.  Ian Gilmour served as Defence Secretary in Edward Heath’s government in the 1970s and Lord Privy Seal in Margaret Thatcher’s first government, before being removed in 1981."

Scotsman: "Dubbed the "wettest of the wets", he was sacked in 1981 and became a persistent and outspoken critic of Thatcherism.  He responded to his dismissal by issuing a statement declaring Mrs Thatcher was steering "full speed ahead for the rocks".  Pro-Europe, against hanging, and opposed to the poll tax, he was also a trenchant critic of monetarist economics."