“David Trimble, in his support of the peace process, showed politics at its very best. When some within his own ranks were opposed to the Belfast/Good Friday agreement, he supported it. When we needed his willingness to go the extra mile for peace, he travelled that mile. When there was the prospect of collapse of the process without strong leadership, he provided that leadership.
“His contribution to Northern Ireland and to the United Kingdom was immense, unforgettable and frankly irreplaceable.
“Whatever disagreements we had - and there were quite a few - I never had anything other than profound respect for David as a person and as a Leader.
“My deepest condolences to Daphne and his family.
“We have lost today someone who will be mourned by friends and foes alike.”