Charles Kennedy’s tribute to “Highland Champion” John Farquhar Munro

John F and Charles KWhen Charles Kennedy was elected MP for the then Ross, Cromarty and Skye in 1983, John Farquhar Munro, the former MSP who died at the age of 79 on Sunday, was one of his key supporters. A friendship that would last more than 30 years was forged. Charles has paid tribute to him.

John’s passing is very sad not only for all his former constituents who he represented so ably for many years, but also for the wider Highlands and islands, where he was seen as a champion.

Since I was first elected as MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber in 1983, an election in which John played a crucial role, we’ve been close friends and have worked together at all times.

His care for his fellow man and willingness to tackle his or her problem, no matter how great or small, secured for him the absolute loyalty, one might even say love, of everyone who knew him.

John will be a huge loss to us all but he leaves a lasting legacy, one of which his grieving family can be rightly proud.

He was a great man.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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