Penny Mordaunt broke down in tears while delivering a tribute to former colleague Karen Lumley, who died last night.
The Leader of the House of Commons said: “She was a force of nature and a force for good.
“We will miss her, her amazing hairdos and the joy she brought us all and we will cherish the memories we have with her.
“The whole House, I know, will want to send our love to her family, especially Richard, Lizzie and Chris and all those who knew and loved her.”
Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire also paid tribute to the MP.
She said: “I join the Leader of the House. This is obviously a really sad moment when we lose one of our colleagues.
“I know she was loved across this place and I know that colleagues such as my former honorable friend Louise Ellman and others really appreciated the personal support she gave them and for her dedicated work on the Transport Select Committee.
“We join the Leader of the House in sending love and condolences to her family.”
Ms Lumley, who was elected to represent the Worcestershire seat of Redditch in 2010, died yesterday aged 59.
She stood down in 2017 as a result of ill health.
Rachel Maclean, the Conservative successor to Ms Lumley, said she had “tonnes of compassion” and a “genuine desire to improve people’s lives”.
She added: “As her successor, I can say I’m proud to have followed in the footsteps of such a charismatic and strong woman.
“She will be much missed by many people.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who represents the neighbouring seat of Bromsgrove, said he was “deeply saddened” by Ms Lumley’s death.
He said: “She was a very dear friend but also a very good colleague and obviously my neighbour in terms of parliamentary constituencies.
“We did a lot together, our teams spent time together, we spent time together, so it’s very, very sad to hear this news.”
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