Peter Ainsworth, former East Surrey MP
We are very sad to hear about the death of our former MP, Peter Ainsworth.
Jackie King, Acting Chief Executive, said: “Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Peter was a very popular, well known and respected MP. He had a lot of time for his constituents and was a very visible member of the community. He always made time for businesses and residents. Everyone knew who he was.”
Peter was MP for East Surrey from 10 April 1992 to 12 April 2010. During this time, he was Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under William Hague and also Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under David Cameron. Following his retirement from politics, he was appointed Chairman of the Big Lottery Fund and Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Our current MP, Claire Coutinho, said: “I was extremely sad to hear the news about Peter, my heart goes out to his wife and family. He had been wonderfully kind and supportive to me since I’d been elected. Every time his name has come up with local residents, it’s clear how much he touched people’s lives and how highly he was regarded for his work in East Surrey. In recent years his work on the environment has helped to set us on a path to a greener future. As I said in my maiden speech he was a green giant of a politician and one who will be missed by many.”