It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former Liberal Democrat Leader Charles Kennedy at the age of 55.
Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.
He led the Liberal Democrats to our party's greatest electoral successes, winning a record four seats in Wales, and showed immense courage when standing up against injustice, most notably when his spoke for the country against the invasion of Iraq.
Following his death, Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:
“We are all immensely sad to hear of this devastating news.
“You would struggle to meet a kinder man than Charles. He was a man who had time for everybody; a real people person and that made him stand out from all the rest. He will always be remembered for his warm personality and brilliant quick wit.
“Charles was a giant in our party. He was robust, sincere and passionate. Never will I be more proud of our party than when Charles us led from the front in our opposition to the Iraq war. This wasn’t a decision taken lightly, yet Charles was a man of principle and did what he knew was right. The party owes him a great gratitude for the position he took and the bravery he showed.
“Above all else, our thoughts go out to Charles’ family at this very difficult time.”
The Welsh Liberal Democrats, the wider Lib Dem family and many more outside the party will never forget him.
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