It is with great sadness that we announce the death of former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Charles Kennedy.
Charles was one of the greatest politicians of his generation, devoting his life to public service, having been elected as a Highlands MP at the age of 23. He was well known for his wit and charm when speaking, which touched many people beyond the world of politics.
He led the Liberal Democrats to our party's greatest electoral successes and showed immense courage when standing up against injustice, most notably when his spoke for the country agains the invasion of Iraq.
Commenting on his death, Nick Clegg has said: "He always remained modest about his huge achievements. Whenever I asked him for advice, he was unfailingly kind and wise. Most of all, I will never forget the pride and love with which he would talk about his own family, most especially his devotion to his son Donald. My heart goes out to his sister and brother and to Sarah and Donald at this tragic time."
The Liberal Democrats, and many more outside the party, will never forget him.
A book of condolence will be open later this morning.