Charles Kennedy and wife Sarah to separate

The Press Association reports the sad news:

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy and his wife Sarah are to separate. A statement issued by the couple’s respective lawyers said it was “with great sadness” that they had decided to split.

“In doing so amicably, our ongoing and overriding priority will obviously remain our son,” it went on. “We wish this to remain an entirely private family matter.”

Mr Kennedy married Sarah Gurling in 2002 and their son, Donald, was born during the 2005 general election campaign while he was still party leader.

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in News.


  • I’m not a lib dem but i am very sorry to hear this,i admired charles’ stance during the whole iraq disaster,he stood up against the weight of the media and said no,he stuck to his word so for that i will ever be truly gratefull.

  • Neither am I a Lib Dem but I have always had enormous admiration for Charles. A very fine man. I am sorry to hear this.

  • toryboysnevergrowup 13th Aug '10 - 1:02pm

    Perhaps in addition to expressing regret and sadness some thought should be given as to how party politics can be reorganised so that politicians get support from their colleagues and parties to help them handle such problems. All of the parties have had similar problems from time to time – but I don’t see much that the LibDems or others has done to prevent a reoccurrence, and indeed some of those who didn’t demonstrate much in the way of sensitivity when Charles Kennedy was having his problems don’t seem to be doing too badly nowadays (they know who they are).

    I’m afraid hand wringing and sympathy will do little to address the real problem here.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Joe Bourke
    I think Laurence's comment is apposite. Right-wing extremists marching through Jerusalem does resemble the Orange Order marches at the beginning of the Trouble...
  • Jeff
    Little Jackie Paper 11th May '21 - 10:55pm: Whilst it might be reasonable to say that there is a certain misplaced nostalgia in some circles I would ...
  • David Evans
    Andrew, I think you are slightly mistaken - We need 14.6% swing to win in Chesham and Amersham. The sadly now lost Brecon and Radnor by Election only swung by ...
  • Jeff
    Peter Martin 13th May '21 - 8:36am: I don’t know if you’ve ever listened to Tony Benn but his main criticism concerns the lack of democracy in th...
  • David Evans
    Indeed David, The loyalty to some inappropriate mechanism, designed to make life easier for the PM (whose ministers are tied to whatever he wants) and for burea...