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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


MP Nick Harvey: knighthood recommendation is "greatly appreciated"

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has responded to being recommended for a knighthood.

The Liberal Democrat lost his job as a defence minister in this week's government reshuffle. He's been MP for North Devon for twenty years.

To be recommended for a knighthood by the Prime Minister in recognition of my twenty years as MP for North Devon and two years as Armed Forces Minister is greatly appreciated, but of course I remain disappointed no longer to be serving in government.

I am looking forward to a the new parliamentary term where I can continue to champion the issues for North Devon and the rural South West, from the slightly freer and less regimented world of the backbenches.

I will continue to support the coalition government, and my Liberal Democrat colleagues working so hard as part of it, from I look forward to having more time with my family.

– Nick Harvey MP