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Journalist and politician

Lord William Deedes, a vaunted British journalist and former politician and close friend of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, died Friday, the Telegraph Media Group said.

His friend, author Evelyn Waugh, used him as the inspiration for William Boot, the naive reporter in the novel Scoop.

Lord Deedes edited the Daily Telegraph newspaper for 12 years and served as a Conservative lawmaker for 24 years. He was still writing regular columns up until his death, which followed a short illness.

He served in Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's Cabinet for two years from 1962 and was made a life peer in 1986.

Lord Deedes traveled to some of the world's more hostile regions, championing often unpopular causes. At the age of 85 he was made an ambassador for UNICEF.

In his last Telegraph column, published on Aug. 3, he compared the modern-day horrors in Sudan's southern Darfur region to Nazi Germany.

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