A sad day for politics and everyone who knew Charles Kennedy.
He was a good man, great company with the knack of getting the big calls right. Under his watch we won here in Manchester in 2005, getting our best result ever.
He was a good friend to the Manchester Liberal Democrats and personally came to support me and the local party on several occasions as leader, and since.
On issues like Iraq and coalition with the Tories, he was spot on. I was proud to call him a friend and my sincere condolences go out to his family and all of his other friends, both inside and outside the Liberal Democrats.