Senior Liberal Democrats in Sutton have paid warm tributes to the former party Leader, Charles Kennedy, whose death was announced at his home in Scotland earlier today (2 June).
Tom Brake, Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, said: “Politics is diminished by Charles Kennedy’s death. His wit, compassion, principle and opposition to the Iraq war will never be forgotten.”
Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam for 18 years until May, said: “The news of Charles Kennedy’s death is just so sad. He was a lovely, able man with the gifts of wit and grace. He has gone too soon.”
Liberal Democrat peer, and former Leader of Sutton Council, Lord Graham Tope, said: “Charles was a wise and sincere politician, a committed European and a lovely person.”
John Drage, the chair of Sutton Liberal Democrats, added his tribute on behalf of the local party.
He said: “Charles Kennedy’s death is a great loss to our party and to national politics. He was liked and respected by everyone who met him, and expressed big ideas on behalf of the party - always in plain English. He was a man of great principle and gave politics a good name. He will be sorely missed by so many people.”