'There was a great deal of old school gentility about Gerald Kaufman', says Iain Duncan Smith

'There was a great deal of old school gentility about Gerald Kaufman', says Iain Duncan Smith

Gerald Kaufman has passed away at the age of 86

Monday, February 27, 2017

Iain Duncan Smith has reflected on Sir Gerald Kaufman's life, after he passed away on Sunday evening.

The Labour MP and Father of the House of Commons has passed away at the age of 86. His family said he had been suffering from a long-term illness for several months.

Conservative MP Smith paid tribute to him, telling Paul Ross: "I read his book about how to be a minister many years ago before he got into politics and it’s one of the better books, quite tongue and cheek.

”He was a fascinating individual," he added. “There was a great deal of old school gentility about him."

Smith then went on to tell the story of when Kaufman stopped him at the House of Commons to thank him for restoring "niceties."

Listen to the full audio above to find out what happened

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