Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has paid respect to Lord Mason of Barnsley following his death on 20 April 2015 at the age of 91.
Mason was the Labour MP for Barnsley from 1953 to 1983 and for Barnsley Central from 1983 to 1987. He also held the positions of Postmaster General in 1968, President of the Board of Trade from 1969 to 1970, Secretary of State for Defence from 1974 until 1976 and was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1976 until 1979.
In a statement Villiers said:
“I was saddened to hear of the death of Lord Mason today, who served as Secretary of State with distinction during the 1970s.
Roy Mason will probably be best remembered as someone who stood up robustly to terrorism during the height of the troubles. His work as Secretary of State helped to ensure that political violence and intimidation, from wherever it came, would ultimately never succeed.
My thoughts and condolences are with his family”.