Tributes have poured in for STV Westminster correspondent and communications chief Rae Stewart who has sadly died.

The 56-year-old was born in Tain in the Highlands and worked as a reporter for over 20 years with ITN, GMTV, Sky News and STV.

The star’s former colleague Stephen Jardine confirmed the sad news of Rae’s death after an illness on Tuesday morning.

“My best friend Rae Stewart has died after an illness,” Stephen said.

“He was just 56. Rae was a proud son of Tain and a brilliant journalist, author, husband, father and friend.

“All my thoughts today are with him and his beloved family.”

Former STV reporter Iain Mackenzie also paid tribute to his colleague, writing: “Learned today of the death of Rae Stewart, one of the most brilliant TV journalists I ever worked with.

“Had the privilege of working with him on STV’s Seven Days and Sunday Live. He was sharp, laconic, thoughtful, but childishly enthusiastic.

“Total comfort in front of the camera, adored by colleagues. This will be a very sad day for all who worked with and knew him.“

STV special correspondent Bernard Ponsonby said: “Rae was regarded as a gentleman when that term had gone out of fashion. It reflected his courtesy and good manners.

“But that should not be taken to mean he was stuffy.

“He conducted himself with a relaxed irreverence and more than a hint of charm that made him popular with colleagues and public figures alike.”

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