Sir Richard Leese responds following the death of Lord Smith today.
"I'm very sad to hear of the death of an old friend and comrade, Lord Peter Smith. Wigan has lost a true champion today.
"Peter was at the heart of his community and a key figure in Greater Manchester politics, greatly admired by those that knew him well.
"He was a passionate believer in devolution and the need to reform public services to help those who needed it most. His role in GM is often underestimated, but Devolution wouldn't have happened without him.
"He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time."