Welsh Assembly First Secretary Rhodri Morgan described Mr Dewar
as a 'supreme parliamentarian'.
Labour's obsession with, and bad handling of, presentation in Scotland has cost Dewar
his political reputation as a safe pair of hands.
Mr McLeish was already being viewed as a front runner to succeed Mr Dewar
in the long term.
Mr Tony Blair was notified by Mr Dewar
, whose role will be filled by his deputy Mr Jim Wallace until he returns to work either later this week or at the beginning of next.
Canavan blasted the description of Dewar
as Father of the Nation, adding: "I did not approve of such a title being bestowed on a man who exhibited such a petty streak.
The next day, Dewar
revealed his joy at his dad's present of a tartan waistcoat which he proudly wore to a cricket match.
The High Court in Glasgow yesterday heard that Dewar
had served a jail term for possessing a knife and had also been convicted of assault late last year.
Prof Harper said he was "saddened" by claims that Mr Dewar
advocated socialism while privately investing.
Civil servants made a public apology to Dewar
after it was revealed they hid the cost.
, who died last year, left a pounds 2million estate including some shares in privatised companies.
He told Lord Fraser's inquiry: 'There was a risk that someone in his position confused what is good for Scoland with what is good as a memorial for Donald Dewar
amassed part of his vast fortune through property, works of art and rare books.