LDVideo: Commons tributes to Charles Kennedy from Cameron, Clegg, Farron, Lamb and others

It is usual, after the conclusion of Prime Minister’s Questions, for the chamber of the House of Commons to quickly, and noisily, empty. Yesterday, however, the House remained full, in sombre, reflective quiet to hear tributes from members to Charles Kennedy. The Speaker, John Bercow, shared his reflections first, followed by David Cameron, Harriet Harman and Nick Clegg.

You can see the full one hour and thirteen minutes in the video below, or via this link, and below the video are the times at which you will find various speeches from a selection of MPs.

David Cameron: 2.00

HarrietHarman: 07.30

Nick Clegg: 10.00

Ken Clarke: 17.53

Angus Robertson: 24.00

Liam Fox: 27.45

Norman Lamb: 47.40

Tim Farron: 53.34

Greg Mullholland: 59.50

Mark Williams: 01:07:00

* Nick Thornsby is a day editor at Lib Dem Voice.

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  • “If we could all carry ourselves with a little more of the honesty, wisdom and humility of Charles Kennedy, politics would be held in far higher esteem than it is today.” – Nick Clegg

  • David Howell 4th Jun '15 - 12:58pm

    RIP Charles Kennedy – an honest and decent man; you will be sorely missed,not only by your own party but by all who consider themselves to be “left of centre”.

    God speed.

  • Brett Jenkins 4th Jun '15 - 4:34pm

    Thought everyone said some very kind words, and I thought it very sad when Tim Farron was saying how he’s proud of Donald’s Daddy. Well said.

  • Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington 1:43 pm, 3rd June 2015
    I am grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to Charles Kennedy. As we have heard, he was a politician with all the talents, but as one of the MPs who were here at the time of the Iraq war and as one of the small group of Labour MPs that voted against the Iraq war, I remind the House that it was not just remarkable that Charles Kennedy was the one party leader who took the correct position against the Iraq war. Those of us who opposed the war from the beginning were very worried that in the end Charles Kennedy would not be able to lead his MPs through the Lobby because he was under pressure within his own party. We cannot understate the judgment and courage he showed.

    We had the biggest rally in London ever against the war. I remember Charles Kennedy on the platform addressing the crowds and how excited and happy they were to hear him speak. His position on the Iraq war was the right position for him, and it was the right position for his party because he led it to its greatest ever victory. It was also the right position for Westminster politics because the public like nothing better than to see a politician stand on principle. He exemplified that.

    Sometimes the people who pay the price for the personal ambitions of MPs are our families and our children. I would like the message to go out to his son that he should never cease to be proud of his father—the best of the political class and the best of men.

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