SCOTLAND- After suffering losses at the General Elections held on May 7th, 2015, the Liberal Democrats have met another blow as their leader encountered sudden death.
The long term Scottish Member of Parliament (MP) died at the age of 55 on 1st June, 2015 at his home in Fort William. He had taken lead of the party since August 9th, 1999 and made his party to win the 2005 elections. He remained the Member of Parliament from 1983 to 2015, in which he lost the seat in May polls.
According to his family, there will be a postmortem and further statement would be issued thereafter which will also include the funeral arrangements of the MP.
The spokesman for the Scotland Police has said, “Police officers attended an address at Fort William on Monday, 1 June to reports of the sudden death of a 55 year old man. Police were notified by ambulance service personnel,”
“There are no suspicious circumstances and our report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal,” he further added.
The politician started his career from the Social Democratic Party and was termed as the youngest MP of the time, his age being 24 years.
He took over from Paddy Ashdown in 1999 while becoming a liberal Democrat and caused the party to enter its most successful period.
His leadership was prominent by his opposition to invasion on Iraq, 2003. This feature of his leadership drove the party to achieve the greatest victory in more than 80 years by winning 62 seats.
His predecessor, Lord Paddy Ashdown has given him tribute in these words, “Charles Kennedy. In a political age not overburdened with gaiety and good sense, he brought us wit, charm, judgment, principle and decency.”
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