Charles Kennedy pictured in 2005
It comes as it emerged that Mr Kennedy's body was found by his partner, the widow of one of his best friends.
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Alex Salmond has been accused of an “outrageous” attempt to claim Charles Kennedy did not support the United Kingdom only hours after the former Liberal Democrat leader’s death was announced.
The former First Minister said he did not think Mr Kennedy’s “heart” was in the pro-UK Better Together referendum campaign and he would have been “reconciled” to an independent Scotland.
But Sir Malcolm Bruce, the former Scottish Lib Dem president and a close friend of Mr Kennedy, said this was “fundamentally” untrue and attacked Mr Salmond for trying to claim the former Lib Dem leader as “one of his own” when he was unable to respond.
Sir Malcolm Bruce has criticised Alex Salmond's comments
Calling the comments “churlish and graceless”, Sir Malcolm said Mr Kennedy was an “internationalist” who was opposed to Scotland leaving the UK, or the UK withdrawing from the EU.
These are our 10 favourite quotes by Charles Kennedy:
- "Politics is much too serious to be taken too seriously; equally, there are many aspects of it so laughable as to be lamentable."
- "I will go out of this world feet first with my Lib Dem membership card in my pocket." (On rumours he might defect to Labour, 2010)
- "The point never to lose sight of is to be guided by the correct thing, as you see it. It's the only way to approach such profound matters and retain your integrity."
- "I am enjoying the Loch Ness monster exhibition with my nine-year-old son. I told him it's the world's most famous floating voter."
- "To be seen to be human, provided you're doing your job at the same time, is definitely not a negative, not at all."
- "The Government may have spun us into war, but it must not be allowed to spin and smear its way out."
- "In 21 years of election campaigns I have never kissed a baby."
- "Paddy Ashdown is the only party leader who's a trained killer. Although, to be fair, Mrs Thatcher was self-taught."
- "There is no more nauseating a sight than politicians pulling up the ladder of opportunity behind them."
- "The election to the chairmanship of the European Scrutiny Committee was akin to putting King Herod in charge of a maternity ward." (On the elevation of Eurosceptic Tory MP Bill Cash in January 2014)
Charles Kennedy's body was found by his partner, the widow of one of his best friends.
According to friends Mr Kennedy was in a relationship with Carole MacDonald, the widow of his best friend Murdo MacDonald who died in 2007 aged 49.
The couple’s relationship was not widely known, but they are understood to have been together at the election count last month, when he lost his Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat.
The MP broke down in 2008 while delivering an emotional acceptance speech after becoming the rector of Glasgow University, where he ran the student union with Mr MacDonald in 1981.
In Fort William, where Charles Kennedy lived,
Auslan Cramb has heard more about his life in the community.
Both of Mr Kennedy's parents were laid to rest at St John's Church in Caol, outside Fort William.
Mr Kennedy’s father Ian died at the age of 88 in a care home in Fort William at the start of the general election campaign.
A well known fiddle player, he had worked as a draughtsman with the Scottish hydro-electric board. In 2008, Ian and Mary Kennedy were awarded a Benemerenti medal from Pope Benedict for services to the Catholic Church.
Jamie Stone, Mr Kennedy’s former constituency chairman, said he had been a "star who glittered very brightly”, adding: “My wife Flora and I were utterly devastated by this terrible news. It was solely because of Charles that I decided to join the then SDP, which was to eventually merge with the Liberals to form today's Liberal Democrat party.
A police officer at Charles Kennedy's home today
"Charles was a star who glittered very brightly in the political firmament, but at the same time he never lost his extraordinary ability to communicate with ordinary people in a way that was virtually unique in politics.
Hugh Dan McLennan, a broadcaster who went to school with Mr Kennedy and worked with him at BBC Radio Highland before he entered politics, said that while other boys played football and shinty at lunchtime, Mr Kennedy would “go to the school hall and practice oration”.
Iain MacDonald, a veteran BBC journalist in Inverness, said he had offered Mr Kennedy a permanent job at BBC Radio Highland, but he took up a Fulbright Scholarship in Boston instead.
He added: ”He came to us with an irrepressible enthusiasm and people took to him immediately.
"He said he might not get the chance to take up the scholarship again and he would have to go." Within the next year he was adopted as election candidate for Ross and Cromarty.
Fr Roddy McAuley, Mr Kennedy’s local parish priest at St John's RC Church, said the MP was a much loved and cherished parishioner, adding: “He was a very humble and thoughtful person and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family, he rest in peace.”
Labour's Welsh Assembly member Jenny Rathbone, who represents Cardiff Central, landed herself in hot water today after describing Charles Kennedy's death as a "sad end to the demise of the Lib Dems".
Her tweet was later deleted after being heavily criticised by social media users.
It comes as SNP MP Alex Salmond was attacked for his comments earlier today about Charles Kennedy's involvement in the pro-Union campaign during the Scottish independence referendum.
Charles Kennedy was found by his "good friend Carole Macdonald", according to Alastair Campbell, the former Labour spin doctor and friend of the late Lib Dem leader.
to media inquiries to family, can confirm Charles was found by good friend Carole Macdonald, widow of Charles' lifelong best friend Murdo,— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) June 2, 2015
He goes on to say that Mr Kennedy's lifelong friend Murdo was the godfather to Charles's son Donald.
Commons Speaker John Bercow fought back his tears today as he delivered the news of Charles Kennedy's death to MPs.
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/liberaldemocrats/11645019/charles-kennedy-dies-latest-updates-and-tributes.html1573