The Times: "Pym won plaudits as Foreign Secretary during and after the Falklands conflict but was sacked after Mrs Thatcher's landslide re-election win in June 1983. In the run-up to that election, as the unofficial leader of the Cabinet "wets", or "One Nation Tories", he had suggested that a Thatcher landslide might not be the best thing for the country."
Sky: "He first entered the Commons in 1961, after a career in business and a distinguished war record. He was awarded the Military Cross and twice mentioned in despatches after serving as a Captain in the 9th Royal Lancers during the African and Italian campaigns."
6.45pm Comment from Alistair Burt MP: "I was lucky to have Francis as a constituent for the last few years. I last saw him about a year or so ago, and brought him upto date with our new Leader and what we were all about at Westminster. Though frail physically, his mind was sharp as ever. He missed not getting to Westminster in his latter years. He was immensely loved in Sandy, Beds, where his family home lies and all the characteristics written about above, his sense of public service and his courtesy to all were always in evidence. He will be well remembered in humble homes tonight as well as the grandest, which is not a bad measure of a man. The Conservative Party has been the better for his presence within in and his service to it."