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Harry Smith dead: Westminster correspondent dies suddenly


Westminster correspondent Harry Smith has died. The family of the Westminster reporter said he died suddenly on Friday.

They said in a statement on Twitter: “From Harry’s family: Very sadly Harry died suddenly early on Friday morning.

It’s so hard to believe his energy and sense of fun are gone. Many of you will have known him for his strong opinions and humour on here.

“He’ll be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.”

In the early stages of his career, he was the editor of local newspaper Forfar Dispatch.

He also worked as a reporter for the Western Daily.

Harry later moved on to work for the BBC and has also worked for ITN News and STV.

Tributes have flooded in for the late presenter on social media.

BBC’s Chris Mason tweeted: “What desperately sad news. It was always a joy to see Harry around Westminster; a face and voice on the television throughout my life. My condolences.”

Alastair Campbell wrote: “So sorry to hear this. He was a lovely man and a proper journalist.”

Nicole Sturgeon shared a picture of the late presenter on her Twitter page, writing: “This is terribly sad news.

“Harry was a stalwart of Scottish and UK political reporting, and always a gentleman. My thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and former colleagues.”

More to follow….


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