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Statement on the passing of Lord Ramsbotham

Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

We are deeply saddened to hear that General Lord David Ramsbotham has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone whose lives he touched.  

As Unlock’s president since 200and in his work with other criminal justice organisations, Lord Ramsbotham was a tireless and passionate advocate for rehabilitation, prisoners’ rights and a fairer justice system.  

We are incredibly grateful for Lord Ramsbotham’s support and guidance over the years. May he rest in peace.


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  1. my thoughts are with family in this very sad loss rambo was very tought and stricked general lord d ramsbottom will sadly missed he was all/ways rambo to me he was right wene he told me I should not go out of the and he was right as he was a good boss to me rest in peace rambo

  2. I am sad to hear of David’s death and send condolences to his family. As a patron and long-time supporter of Unlock, I know how much he believed in and how hard he worked for the rehabilitation and support of ex-offenders. He was prepared to work with anyone, of any political persuasion, if their aims matched his and he thought their ideas were sensible and would help the cause. He will be missed. Jilly

  3. It was *my* honour to have served in his time, when the then General David was my regiment’s Honorary Colonel. Here was a modest kindly man; one who epitomised the meaning of beneficent; one who *on-or-off-duty* addressed underlings as Equals, since there was no snobbery or high-handedness about him. His demeanour reminded me of an Anglican clergyman (as was his father), rather than the senior warrior he was, and – when I bumped into him in Civvy Street, and we chatted informally – he was just the same ! He always reminded me of how I felt Angels would look, and now I’m willing to bet that he is one of them !

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