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West Country Lib Dems pay tribute to Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy (right) was an MP for 32 years before losing his seat at this year's general election. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

The West Country has been paying tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died at the age of 55.

Former St Ives MP Andrew George, who once worked as Mr Kennedy's Parliamentary Private Secretary, was joined by several other Lib Dem politicians from our region in praising Mr Kennedy's character and achievements.

The one event which I think he will be remembered for is the strong and principled stand, and the correct stand, he took with remarkable foresight when he opposed the war in Iraq.

– Andrew George, former Lib Dem MP for St Ives

Too upset to properly pay tribute to Charles Kennedy yet. One of a kind. We we're all terribly fond of him. Tragic.

– Duncan Hames, former Lib Dem MP for Chippenham
Charles Kennedy visiting Exeter in 2005. Credit: ITV News

Cornish MP queries value of 111 NHS helpline after one caller was asked "Are you conscious?"

A Cornish MP has queried the value of the 111 NHS helpline after one of his constituents was asked "Are you conscious?"

Andrew George, who is the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, said the system faced "meltdown" over the Christmas period and was based 200 miles away in Newport, South Wales.

Minister Norman Lamb said it was important to keep the system under review.


Public Meeting To Discuss Cornish NHS Pay Cuts

West Cornwall MP Andrew George is holding a public meeting Credit: ITV Westcountry

People in Cornwall have the chance to question health chiefs about plans to introduce regional pay scales in the NHS at a public meeting this Friday (September 21st). It's been organised by West Cornwall Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George.

He's concerned that abolishing national pay scales could lead to an exodus of health workers from Cornwall. The meeting called The Future Of The NHS In The West will take place at St John's Hall in Penzance at 7.30pm.