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Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has died aged 55

The UK politician was opposed to the Iraq War during his time as leader.

Kennedy had been an MP from 1983 until this year.
Kennedy had been an MP from 1983 until this year.
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THE FORMER LEADER of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy has died at his home at the aged of 55.

Kennedy led the party for seven years at the beginning of the previous decade with his time as leader perhaps best remembered for his opposition to the Iraq War.

The Scot was a Member of Parliament from 1983 until 2015 when he lost his seat in the recent general election to SNP candidate Ian Blackford.

Scottish Police say that they were called to an address in Fort William yesterday following reports of the sudden death of a 55-year-old man.

“Police were notified by ambulance service personnel. There are no suspicious circumstances and our report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal,” a police statement said.

Tributes to the politician have been made since news of his death became public.



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