11 July 2018
DUP Leader Arlene Foster said,
“I have known John Laird for many years and he had a character which was larger than life. The news of his death will be felt across Unionism and the Ulster-Scots community, of which he was a strong advocate. It is very poignant that he should pass away at this time of year and I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
He never shied away from speaking his mind whether inside or outside the House of Lords and was never afraid to speak up for Unionism.
I extend my sympathy to his entire family circle.”