Jo pays tribute to Charles Kennedy

Commenting on the tragic death of Charles Kennedy, Jo Swinson said,

"Charles Kennedy was much-loved within the Lib Dem family, and also far beyond.  His sharp wit made him a formidable opponent in debate, but he combined it with a kindness and warmth that endeared him to people across the parties and across the country.

"Deeply committed to the values of liberalism, he showed great courage championing positions against the political mainstream, such as over the war in Iraq.

"Charles had an amazing ability to connect with people, as was again evident when he visited East Dunbartonshire just before the election to support my campaign. It was characteristic of his generosity that even when facing a tough battle in his own patch, he spent time helping his colleagues. He will be hugely missed in our political life.  My heart goes out to Donald and the rest of his family as they face this tragic loss."

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