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Tributes (Speaker Weatherill)

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 1:03 pm on 10th May 2007.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence) 1:03 pm, 10th May 2007

As a member of the 1997 intake, I can offer only the tiniest cameo from my knowledge of Lord Weatherill because I did not meet him until I attended a private dinner in 2003. In the course of the conversation, I happened to mention that my father, who was then only 90, had been a tailor for 71 years and recently had, sadly, had to go into residential care in the evening of his life. Lord Weatherill immediately insisted that I should give him not only my father's name but that of the residential home and the address. He said, "I'm going to write to him as one tailor to another." That is precisely what he did. When, from time to time in the years that followed, I bumped into him in the Corridors of the House, he unfailingly inquired after the welfare of Sam Lewis, my father. If you judge the largeness of a person's character by the thoughtfulness of their small acts of kindness, I will always remember Lord Weatherill for that act of wonderful kindness, if nothing else.