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Boris Johnson has paid tribute to former Conservative MP Peter Ainsworth who has died aged 64.

Mr Ainsworth was MP for East Surrey from 1992 to 2010 and served in the shadow cabinet.

Mr Johnson said he was “a delightful colleague and passionate about his causes especially the environment”.

The PM also recalled sharing a corridor with him in Parliament and said the pair often found themselves “charging late” for votes.

“He has been taken far too young,” Mr Johnson added and said his thoughts were with Mr Ainsworth’s widow Claire and his family.