‘He inspired me to get into politics’ - Charles Kennedy tribute from South Cambs councillor

Charles Kennedy, who died in the early hours of this morning.

Charles Kennedy, who died in the early hours of this morning. - Credit: Archant

A county councillor has spoken of how the ‘compassion’ of the late Charles Kennedy drew her to the Liberal Democrats.

Susan van de Ven, councillor for Foxton, Heydon, Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth and Great and Little Chishill said he ‘inspired a deep compassion for the well-being of humankind.’

She added: “This was exemplified in his opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“His compassion made him fundamentally an internationalist and a localist, because at the end of the day we are all human beings with a moral responsibility to look out for one another.

“His courage was unique and his independence abundantly evident in the way that he always came across as genuine, natural and speaking the truth.


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“Personal demons made him all the more human, but it is a terrible irony that someone with such outstanding humanity should ultimately suffer such isolation and loss.”

Councillor Philippa Hart, district councillor for Meldreth and Shepreth, echoed Susan’s words, saying: “He is a great loss to the party and to British politics.”

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