The controversial former Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá (Popular Party), who held the post for 24 years and was lately a senator in Madrid, having had the whip withdrawn by her party as she faced a series of corruption charges, died of a heart attack in a hotel near Congress on Tuesday morning.

Mariano Rajoy said he wished to offer her family his and his party's condolences, "we have been enormously affected by this", adding that he had spoken to her before she appeared before the Supreme Court to answer questions on the alleged fraudulent funding of the PP in Valencia.

Prime Ministe...