Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has died

The 55-year-old died at his home in Scotland last night

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy died at his home last night, aged 55.

The scot, who led the party between 1999 and 2006, was described as a “fine man and loving father” by his family.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances, and that they attended after being notified by the ambulance service of Kennedy’s sudden death at his home in Fort William.

Kennedy was elected as an MP for the Social Democratic Party when he was just 23 years old – the youngest MP at the time.

When the SDP merged with the Liberals in 1988, he became spokesperson for Scotland, social security and health, and held a range of other frontbench posts.

In 1999, he took over party leadership from Paddy Ashdown, and in 2005, he led his party to their best election result before or since with 62 seats.

In 2006, he resigned as leader and revealed he was being treated for alcoholism.

In last month’s general election, Kennedy lost his seat in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency to the SNP’s Ian Blackford.

In a statement, the family said: “It is with great sadness, and an enormous sense of shock, that we announce the death of Charles Kennedy.

“We are obviously devastated at the loss. Charles was a fine man, a talented politician, and a loving father to his young son.”


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