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Charles Kennedy was a popular figure who as leader of the Liberal Democrats between 1999 and 2006, took the party to its best ever post-war result in 2005.
Self deprecating and engaging, some called him Chat Show Charlie mostly because his rise owed a lot to publicity resulting from appearances on TV panel shows, including popular guest-host appearances on Have I Got News For You.
Charles had been elected as the youngest MP in parliament representing the large Scottish constituency of Ross, Cromarty and Skye aged just 23 in 1983.
Inheriting a party in a strong position from Paddy Ashdown in 1999, he led the party to greater heights still. But at this point, rumours began to circulate that Kennedy was facing a battle with alcoholism. This turned out to be true.
Kennedy delivered a personal statement admitting: “Over the past 18 months I have been coming to terms with and seeking to cope with a drink problem.” He resigned as leader a few days later.
He remained in politics until the SNP surge cost him his seat in the 2015 General Election. He lost his personal battle soon after that. People from across the political divide paid him warm and sincere tribute.
In the press coverage after his death, good friend and Have I Got News For You panellist Ian Hislop was quoted in the Telegraph: “Yes, he had a drink problem but he had better judgement drunk than a lot of politicians sober.”