"Eric's sudden and untimely death has robbed the House of Commons of one of its stars and Bromley and Chislehurst of a great constituency champion. He will be greatly missed by all of us in Parliament.
"My first job as an Opposition spokesman was serving under Eric when he was Shadow Leader of the House. Watching him speak in Parliament as an MP and from the front bench was a masterclass in how you can use the House of Commons to hold governments to account.
"He had a great mastery of detail combined with an incisive wit and an unbeatable sense of timing. Whilst he was a House of Commons man he was also a respected and assiduous constituency MP.
"We certainly didn't agree about everything and the last thing he would want to be described as was 'a moderniser'. Like so many others in the House of Commons, I will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carroll and his family at this sad time."