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Subject: Lord St John of Fawsley, 82, dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/05/12 at 10:00 am

Tributes have been paid to former Conservative minister Lord St John of Fawsley, who has died aged 82.

As Norman St John-Stevas, he served as education and arts minister under Edward Heath and as Commons leader in Margaret Thatcher's first cabinet.

Mrs Thatcher sacked him in 1981 and he entered the Lords in 1987.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke called Lord St John a "good minister" and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine said he was a "one-off".

Lord St John made a lasting mark on the House of Commons by creating the select committee system, which scrutinises the business of government departments.

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