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Charles Kennedy: the last social democrat?

How will the former Liberal Democrat leader's legacy impact on his party's future?

By Dick Newby  

Charles Kennedy was leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1999 to 2006 ©Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Charles Kennedy entered Parliament aged 23 in 1983 as a social democrat. His central views on politics and society changed little in the succeeding years and he remained a social democrat until the end of his sadly truncated life. What did that phrase mean to him and has it any current relevance as a concept…

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