Lord Whitelaw in car crash

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Tory peer William Whitelaw was recovering at home last night after he received minor injuries in a car crash.

Lord Whitelaw, 78, was driving on the A595 near Thursby, outside Carlisle, when his Range Rover collided with a BMW at 3pm yesterday.

The former Home Secretary sustained minor cuts and bruises. He and BMW driver, Ronald Weightman, of High Harrington, Workington, were taken by ambulance to Cumberland Infirmary but they went home after treatment, a police spokesman said.

Lord Whitelaw, father of four daughters, was Mrs Thatcher's right-hand man during the 1980s. He lives at Greystoke, near Penrith.