Tributes after sudden death of Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy, left, with Jo Swinson
Charles Kennedy, left, with Jo Swinson

Politicians today paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, whose sudden death was announced today (Tuesday).

Just a few weeks ago he was campaigning in East Dunbartonshire to try to secure the re-election of Jo Swinson. He also lost his own seat - which he had held since the age of 23 - at the general election on May 7.

Willie Rennie, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, said today: “With that cheeky smile, Highland voice and a few simple words, Charles Kennedy captured the political hearts of the nation.

“Charles’ wise counsel and gentle encouragement is something I especially valued. I will miss him so much.”

John Nicolson, SNP MP for East Dunbartonshire, “Very sad to hear about Charles Kennedy. I heard him first as a young student and was inspired by his wit and charisma.”

Jo Swinson added: “Devastated by news of Charles Kennedy: much-loved in the Lib Dem family and far beyond; sharp-witted yet kind, brave, champion of liberalism.”