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Westminster lobby journalist and UKIP communications ‘Gobby’ Paul Lambert dies aged 61

Tributes for Westminster journalist affectionately dubbed ‘Gobby’ who became thorn in side of countless ministers as he covered Downing Street for decades as he dies, aged 61

  • Paul Lambert started out as an electrician but later became a journalist 
  • He was based on Downing Street and known for his booming voice 
  • His daughter Danni announced yesterday he had taken his own life  

A Westminster journalist affectionately branded ‘gobby’ by his peers has died at the age of 61.

Paul Lambert was revered by journalists and politicians alike who knew him for his booming voice and cries of ‘Are you going to resign?’.

His daughter Danni revealed yesterday he took his own life and said the family were ‘devastated’. 

Former BBC political journalist Paul Lambert (pictured outside 10 Downing Street) has died at the age of 61 

Tributes have flooded in since news of his death, with BBC political editor Laura Kuennsberg describing him as a 'fixture of politics'

Tributes have flooded in since news of his death, with BBC political editor Laura Kuennsberg describing him as a ‘fixture of politics’

He started out working as an electrician before moving into journalism. He was based on Downing Street for the BBC where he was often heard ‘shouting’ at ministers as they went about their daily business. 

Mr Lambert left his job in broadcasting in 2014 to become communications director for UKIP. 

Tributes have flooded in since news of his death, with BBC political editor Laura Kuennsberg describing him as a ‘fixture of politics’. 

His daughter Danni revealed yesterday he took his own life and said the family were 'devastated'

His daughter Danni revealed yesterday he took his own life and said the family were ‘devastated’

She tweeted: ‘A fixture of politics and a friend of everyone for so long – such sad, sad news tonight.’

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage wrote: ‘Very sad that Gobby has died. A unique man and great fun to work with.’ 

Jeremy Vine posted: ‘I’ve only just heard this news and I’m gutted. Paul was an amazing guy, wonderful to work with at Westminster, famous for shouting ‘Will you resign’ and many other things at ministers. RIP mate.’ 

Sky’s Sophy Ridge tweeted: ‘I remember being warned when I was doorstepping for Sky that if I wasn’t in the same place as Paul Lambert (Gobby) then I was probably in the wrong place… what a legend.’ 

For confidential support 24/7 in the UK, you can call Samaritans on 116 123 or email Jo@Samaritans.org 

His daughter Danni (pictured with her mother, father and sister) revealed yesterday he took his own life and said the family were 'devastated'

His daughter Danni (pictured with her mother, father and sister) revealed yesterday he took his own life and said the family were ‘devastated’

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