Lord Laird: He was committed to Ulster Scots and to unionism
I've known John since we were in the Young Unionists together.
He had a lifetime commitment to unionism and Ulster Scots culture which he demonstrated in his own colourful and flamboyant way.
I want to express my condolences to Carol, Alison, David and the wider Laird family.
Lord Empey, Ulster Unionist Party chairman