Tributes have been made to former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy, after he passed away at the age of 55 this morning.
Kennedy led the party from 1999 to 2006, in which time his party gained over 60 seats in the house – making him the party’s most successful leader electorally.
Current Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel chairman Gavin Stollar paid tribute to “my friend and mentor.”
He said: “He was a politician of conviction and in the age of New Labour and Tony Blair, was one of the few standout opposition politicians of the time.
“He was a great friend of Israel and the UK Jewish community and will be deeply and sadly missed.”
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Monroe Palmer, chair of Lib Dem Friends of Israel during Kennedy’s leadership, also paid tribute.
He said: “Charles Kennedy was always a good personal friend. He was a joy to be with – a lovely man, and a good friend of the Jewish community.”