Death: Former Fife Tory MP John Purvis Dead From Cancer Complications – Following a battle with cancer, a long-serving Tory MP from Fife has died. John Purvis, who served in the European Parliament until 2009, died at the age of 83. He most recently served as co-president of a pro-EU advocacy group with Mike Russell, a former SNP minister. For a time, he was also a director of the radio station Kingdom FM. Mr. Purvis was remembered as a “wonderful man” by the European Movement in Scotland, who expressed their sadness at his death.
“We grieve the passing of our co-president, former Conservative MEP John Purvis, after his valiant battle against cancer: a charming man, assiduous activist, and truly outstanding European,” they said. Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, paid him tribute.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of John’s loss,” he remarked. During his term as an MEP, he served our party and Scotland with tremendous respect. “He was a man of strong convictions who would be sorely missed.” At this time, my sympathies are with his family and friends.” Mr. Purvis would be “badly missed,” according to ex-Fife SNP MP Stephen Gethins, who paid homage to him online. “This is extremely sad news and a loss for Fife and beyond,” he said. John was a great guy.
“I benefited greatly from his advice and assistance before and during the EU Referendum, despite the fact that we were in opposing political parties.” “He’ll be sorely missed.” “John was such a remarkable public servant throughout his life and even up until the days before his passing,” former Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said.
“From his time as a member of the European Parliament to his anti-Brexit advocacy, he was steady and uncompromising; he was also endlessly polite and good-natured.” My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Louise, and his family.” “I’m sorry to hear this,” SNP MP Peter Grant stated. John was the type of politician who would work with you on a cause you shared, even if you differed on other issues.”