Tributes paid to Carol Barnes

Tributes were paid yesterday after the death of the former ITN newsreader Carol Barnes on Saturday.

Barnes died in hospital in Brighton after suffering a stroke a week earlier. Her son James paid an emotional tribute, saying he would be forever indebted to her.

"My mum was a beautiful, kind and delicate person – a person loved by many and whom I am desperately proud to call my mother," he said.

"She did everything in her power to love, care and provide for me, my sister and all those close to her. I am eternally indebted to her for what she has given us. I will always love her and she will forever be in my heart."

Barnes had a long relationship with the former government minister Denis MacShane. Their 24-year-old daughter Clare was killed in Australia in 2004.

Mr MacShane said: "Carol bred affection, warmth, political acuteness and humanity wherever she lived and worked."