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Julia Cambridge Pays Tribute to Charles Kennedy

June 2, 2015 9:04 PM
By Julia Cambridge, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Chesterfield

Charles Kennedy

Julia Cambridge writes, Today's news is absolutely heartbreaking. The Liberal Democrats are a family and it feels like we have lost our favourite brother.

Charles Kennedy 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 went on to serve his beloved constituency for over 30 years.

For me he broke the mould of what a politician was 'supposed' to be and replaced it with a fresh, young, outspoken model.

It was inspirational to see my party being led by someone relevant and approachable.

The times that I was lucky enough to hear Charles speak he was refreshingly candid, passionate about the many things that he cared about like bringing more devolution to Scotland and helping people live better lives. He had a disarming manner, with this lilting Scottish voice and perfect inflection, His public speaking was much like he was in private: full of warmth and humanity.

His work for the people of Ross, Skye and Lochabar will be his greatest legacy, and I truly believe that is what was important to him politically; helping improve the lives of ordinary people.

Charles's ordinariness belied gifts few of us have, to be ordinary and yet distinguished, quiet, yet commanding.

His own words perhaps best reflect his humility, on losing his seat he was generous in his praise for the people who had helped him: 'Thank you to the generation of voters, and then some, who put their trust in me.'

We did trust Charles. He led the Liberal Democrats with his trademark compassion, honesty and decency for six years, delivered 62 MPs, spoke out in opposition to the war on terror in Iraq and brought comfort, friendship and genuine help to those who needed a step up.

Our thoughts are with Charles's friends and family. Their loss is immeasurable. It mustn't be forgotten in all the political tributes that he was a son, brother and father.

Julia Cambridge
Parliamentary Spokesperson for Chesterfield

Chesterfield Parliamentary Spokesperson Julia Cambridge spoke on Peak FM today to pay tribute to Charles Kennedy.

You can listen to the interview by following this link to the Peak FM website: click here.