Angus Macleod: Tributes paid to The Times newspaper's Scottish editor

Angus Macleod

Leading political and media figures have paid tribute to Angus Macleod, the Scottish editor of The Times, who has died after a short illness.

The 63-year-old, who was being treated for cancer at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital, was an award-winning writer and a regular BBC contributor.

His death has been described as a "huge loss to journalism".

The Times described Mr Macleod as "one of the most acute observers of the Scottish and UK political scenes".

An article in the newspaper added: "He was loved by his staff as a fair-minded and enthusiastic editor with an extraordinary gift for identifying the heart of any news story.

"His unfailing generosity and encouragement inspired scores of colleagues and young journalists.

"His loss to journalism and to Scottish society will be keenly felt."

'Wonderful and irascible'

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond described Mr Macleod as "a thoughtful and insightful journalist who will be missed right across the political divide".

Labour MP and former chancellor Alistair Darling added: "Angus Macleod was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He is a huge loss to journalism."

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, said: "Every politician knew a call from Angus would bring searching questions which would demand an answer. It was, however, never an unwelcome call.

"He was a true gentleman who brought an authentic Highland flavour to our politics. He will be missed."

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson described Mr Macleod as "wonderful and irascible in almost equal measure".

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