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tributes pouring into stifle former liberal democrat leader charles kennedy he was found dead earlier at his home in fort william northern scotland , he was just fifty five years old unusually for a politician kennedy was genuinely well liked by people in all parties and non it's not that often in politics someone comes along with brains talent wit and bags of humanity and charles had one of those things , charles is one of these rare people in politics he was a gifted talent t. defective politician , perhaps one of the most talented politicians of his generation kennedy was first elected to parliament in nineteen ninety three at the age of just twenty three he was then the youngest m. p. and went on to lead the liberal democrats from nineteen ninety nine to two thousand and six , at the two thousand five election he scored the party's best ever result gaining sixty two employees , but he was forced to stand down a year later confirming longstanding rumors by admitting that he needed treatment for alcoholism his thirty two years as an m. p. came to an end in may when he lost his seat to the s. and p. many men i remember him best as the only major party leader to oppose the second gulf war this is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy , that we're living in an outcome , i'm what we see instead is a small , driving us into war disregarding widespread public doubts