Wales Pays Tribute To Charles Kennedy
Welsh Politicians have paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.
The 55-year-old passed away at his home in Fort William.
His family have described him as a “fine man” and a “loving father”.
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and AM for Brecon and Radnor, Kirsty Williams said he was a “very special person”:
“Charles was an amazing man. He was kind, generous and warm-hearted.
“My proudest memory will be when he stood up to the Blair Government in opposing sending British troops out to Iraq.
“He was subjected to terrible personal abuse. He was called a coward, he was called a yellow-belly and yet he fought for what he believed in and he stuck to his principles.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones said he’ll be greatly missed by all parties:
“55 is no age. He was very young.
“He was somebody who was a real shining star in British politics and will be sadly missed.”
While, Shadow Economy Minister and Ynys Mon AM Rhun ap Iorwerth said he was in shock at the news:
“He was just 10 years or so older than me and of a generation that was influential on myself.
“I met him on several occasions while I was working as a correspondent in the mid 90s, when Charles Kennedy was in full flow.
“He was a man that proved the rigors of politics can take their toll, but I’m sure his legacy will live on as a man of real integrity and who could engage with people from all walks of life.”
Others paid tribute on social media.
Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, tweeted:
“Shocked to learn of the passing of Charles Kennedy. At just 55, another taken too soon. Thoughts with his family, friends and colleagues.”
And Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood wrote:
“Saddened to hear about the passing of Charles Kennedy. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”
A special session will be held in Parliament for the 55-year-old on Wednesday.