Charles Kennedy1959-2015

Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy successfully led the Liberal Democrats to our best parliamentary standing with great integrity, genuineness and humour. His sudden death is a great sadness.

Ian Horner said: "This, in the end, was the essence of Charles Kennedy: a shy man, sadly tormented by his own demons, but yet a real human being. His stance on Iraq was typical of him. Having considered the facts he stood alone of the major party leaders in opposing the war.

A remarkable response to the election result

Lib Dem membership chart

Something strange and unexpected happened when the polls closed on 7th May 2015. Liberal Democrat membership numbers started to grow; and they went on growing.

At the beginning of the year, St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath Liberal Democrats - our Local Party - had 71 members. By Polling Day membership had risen to 75. But, as soon as the election result was known, membership unexpectedly started to boom. Within a week, the membership of our Local Party had risen to over 100. It is still rising.


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