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Tributes from Holyrood and across Scotland after the sudden death of Charles Kennedy. We'll hear from his colleagues and political opponents who've united in describing him as one of the most gifted politicians of his generation. Also this evening the First Minister's warning of a Scottish backlash if the UK leaves the European Union. And the South of Scotland MSP calling for an overhaul of youth football.

Sturgeon warns of EU referendum backlash

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Nicola Sturgeon has warned there will be strong backlash from voters if Scotland is taken out of Europe against its will.

In a speech in Brussels, the First Minister said leaving should only be possible if all four UK nations agree.

David Cameron says he'll hold a referendum before the end of 2017.

If most Scots vote to stay, and the rest of the UK decides to leave, Nicola Sturgeon says it could spark another drive for independence.

Bluntly, I believe the groundswell of anger among ordinary people in Scotland in these circumstances would produce a clamour for another independence referendum, which may well be unstoppable."

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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Tim Farron pays tribute to 'personal mentor'

Charles Kennedy and Tim Farron in 2001 Credit: PA

Tim Farron has released a full statement on the death of former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy.

“Charles was a friend, colleague and personal mentor.

I am desperately saddened by news of his death this morning.

His gentle good humour combined with real courage, enabled him to engage with people who might otherwise have had little interest in politics. and he gave voice to the views of millions as the only mainstream party leader to oppose the Iraq War.

His loss will be sorely felt today.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

– Tim Farron, MP

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Charles Kennedy: Tribute to 'fine and talented' politician

Charles Kennedy was a "fine man, a talented politician, and a loving father", the former Liberal Democrat leader's family have said.

Charles Kennedy died at his home in Fort William. Credit: PA Wire

After the 55-year-old's death was confirmed, a statement released on behalf of his family said:

It is with great sadness, and an enormous sense of shock, that we announce the death of Charles Kennedy.

Charles died at home in Fort William yesterday. He was 55. We are obviously devastated at the loss.

Charles was a fine man, a talented politician, and a loving father to his young son. We ask therefore that the privacy of his family is respected in the coming days.

There will be a post-mortem and we will issue a further statement when funeral arrangements are made.

– Family statement
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