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Shirley Williams of the 'Gang of Four' has died

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Tributes are paid to Shirley Williams, the 'godmother of the Liberal Democrats', who spent more than 50 years in politics.

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- She was one of the Gang of Four who attempted to break the mold of British politics. With Roy Jenkins, David Owen, and Bill Rogers, Shirley Williams formed the breakaway STP in 1981 after splitting from the Labor Party that was drifting to the left. In a political career spanning almost six decades, she was one of the UK's most popular politicians and once tipped as the country's first woman prime minister.

- Shirley's courage against a lot of the political positions she faced shone through, and for a woman, she was especially a trailblazer. You know, she was, without a doubt, one of the greatest female politicians this country's ever seen.

- She was a labor cabinet minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. But after losing her Commons seat in 1979, she stormed back into parliament in 1981 with a stunning byelection victory in Crosby on Merseyside.

- There is no doubt that she should have been the leader of the STP. She would have been far better than Roy Jenkins, and far better than me. I actually was supporting her. I wanted her to stand.

- When the STP failed to achieve a breakthrough, she backed a merger with the liberal party and later became the liberal Democrats leader in the House of Lords and the darling of party activists. She retired from her [? laws ?] in 2016, and two years ago, she reflected on her career in a Sky News interview.

BARONESS WILLIAMS: The most important single thing is to actually address the divisions between parties and within parties that have made the achievement of greater equality, greater fairness, greater justice almost impossible. And to me, I find that heartbreaking.

- Baroness Williams has been described as a trailblazer and pioneer, but ultimately, the STP failed to break the mold. John Craig, Sky News.