Alistair Campbell has paid tribute to Martin McGuinness, calling him "fundamental" to the Good Friday Agreement.
The former deputy leader of Northern Ireland, who served as a commander in the IRA, passed away in a Londonderry hospital on Monday night, months after being diagnosed with a heart condition.
McGuinness' death has provoked criticism in certain quarters, notably from Norman Tebbit, the former Tory minister who was a victim of the IRA Brighton bombing in 1984. Tebbit likened McGuinness to the leaders of Nazi Germany in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.
He said: "I found him very straight, tough-minded right from the off, but also had a good sense of humour and as time went on, came to see other peoples’ points of view.
"McGuinness was fundamental [in the negotiations for the Good Friday agreement] because the main step to be made was the IRA having to take a different course, give up the violent struggle, and he led this.
“He made a judgment [that] the path they were taking wasn’t delivering what they wanted.
"I know speaking warmly about someone who did have the past Martin had offends some people, but I liked the guy and I’m sad he’s died."