Tribute paid to Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy during a visit to Milton Keynes in 2004
Charles Kennedy during a visit to Milton Keynes in 2004
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A former Liberal Democrat in Milton Keynes has paid tribute to former party leader Charles Kennedy, who has died, age 55.

Anita Rose, from Great Linford, said Mr Kennedy was a ‘gentle man’ and she would miss him.

She said: “He was fantastic, a gentle man. If you made a mistake when you were speaking, he would say, ‘Don’t worry about it. We all make mistakes’. He was a very nice man. He will be sadly missed.”

Mrs Rose spoke to Mr Kennedy when he was at a Liberal Democrat function at the Trinity Centre.

She also met him at the 2003 anti-war protest in London organised by the Stop the War coaliton.

Mrs Rose added: “He was the sort of man you could talk to and feel he was listening.”

Charles Kennedy was leader of the party from 1999 to 2006.

Tributes have been paid by Prime Minister David Cameron and former Liberal Democrat leaders Nick Clegg and Paddy Ashdown.