The day I interviewed Charles Kennedy

by Stephen Tall on June 3, 2015

I properly met Charles Kennedy only once, when I interviewed him for LibDemVoice at the party’s 2007 conference. It was 18 months since he’d resigned the leadership but, with Ming Campbell visibly struggling in the role, there was still speculation he might yet return.

Among other questions, I asked him if he’d fancy another tilt. “Never say never,” he replied. “Now don’t read anything into that, it’s just a statement of fact. You never know what will happen in politics as you never know what will happen in life generally.”

trb farron 1I’ve a post on The Times’s Red Box blog today, looking at the race for the Lib Dem leadership. Here’s how it concludes:

On September 23, Tim Farron will give his first conference speech as party leader. He will pay tribute to his predecessors: to Clegg, for his bravery in putting national interest before the party’s own self-preservation. But also to Kennedy, prescient on Iraq and just as far-sighted in warning his colleagues not to go into coalition with the Conservatives (he was one of just three Lib Dem MPs not to vote in favour), and also an unabashed liberal-left progressive.

No prizes for guessing which leader’s ideological path he wants to follow – or whose electoral record he wants to emulate.

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Knew Charles very well in his early career until mid 1990’s. Wrote a piece about him yesterday.

by Gwynoro Jones on June 3, 2015 at 9:56 am. Reply #

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