Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy

We were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news this morning of the death of Charles Kennedy. Charles led the Lib Dems during some of our most successful elections, but more importantly he was a thoroughly decent human being who took part in politics with the genuine desire to make the world a better place.

Charles was a politician who had a positive impact on our society. He stood strongly for Liberal values after being elected in 1983 at the age of only 23. Over his Parliamentary career, he was both Party President and leader. He took the courageous decision to take a stand against the Iraq war, but always backed British servicemen on the front line. This added to the other injustices that he stood for in his strong Liberal values.

Outside of politics, Charles was an active member of the wider community. He was rector of his former University, the University of Glasgow, and was well known for taking the role seriously. He was also a devoted father to his son Donald.

Our thoughts at this difficult time are with all his family and friends.

A book of condolence is available here.