Baroness Smith of Basildon spoke of his passing to the House of Lords, noting, “He arrived in this House as its Leader in 1990. By then, he had already had a long and distinguished record of service both as an MP and, at the highest levels of government, as Chief Whip in the House of commons and then as Mrs. Thatcher’s last Home Secretary.”
He was known as a man of principle and grit; a tenacious and committed servant to the British public who effected real change, in his House of Lords tribute. Waddington also was supportive of the PMOI members of Ashraf and Camp Liberty, and was persistent in following up for their rights.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi issued a statement at his passing, praising him as a “true voice of conscience, law and justice.”
She noted that he was part of the lawsuit filed by 35 members of the British houses of Parliament, with the goal of lifting the proscription of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Lord Waddington once wrote, “One of the most treacherous actions which threatens the rule of law and our democratic traditions are explicit acts like the ones proscribing organizations as ‘terrorist’ without the government elaborating on the reasons for the verdict or judgement. A specific case in point is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, the largest and most organized movement opposing the Iranian regime.”
He also noted that Iran was using the laws meant to defend countries against terrorism to “reinforce its own position” and this was a great gift to the mullahs.
Rajavi said, “We hail his exalted soul and extend our condolences on his loss to his honorable family, especially to Lady Waddington, and members of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom.”
It has been noted that Waddington’s persistence was key to getting things done, but he was also a staunch supporter of the rights of those who speak out against the Iranian mullahs.
“The passing away of H.E. Lord Waddington deprived the world of a respectable human being who discovered the essence of law and justice in defending those who resist for freedom,” said Rajavi in her statement of condolences.