James October 9th, 2021

James proved that nice guys can succeed in politics. Generous with his time and always positive, he got on by being helpful and kind to others. He was universally liked and respected because of this. He held some of the toughest ministerial positions in government and yet always remained cool, calm and collected. Yet throughout this he remained at heart a family man. He clearly adored his wife and children and was deeply committed to them. Time spent in his company was always effortless. I regarded him as my closest friend in politics, yet I realise that there are plenty of others who would say the same of him. Taken from us far too soon he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. James Cleverly