Mostly Credited As: Charles Kennedy (1)
Birth Name: Charles Peter Kennedy
Date Of Birth: November 25, 1959 (Age 54)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Inverness, Scotland
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Trivia On 5 January 2006 Kennedy was informed that ITN would be reporting that he had received treatment for alcoholism, so he decided to pre-empt this and admit it himself.
He was leader of the Liberal Democrats from 09 August 1999 to 05 January 2006.
He is a Roman Catholic.
He is against Euthanasia.
Charles Kennedy was educated at Lochaber High School and went on to study for a Masters Degree in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.
It was at university that he became politically active, joining the Dialectic Society (a debating club), but he was not a member of the Labour Club.
He was elected president of Glasgow University Union and won the British Observer Mace university debating award.
GUU was the last all-male student union in the UK; during his time as president it is claimed that Kennedy opposed admitting women as members - he has personally denied this.
Kennedy served as a frontbencher for the Lib Dems in a variety of posts, including social security, agriculture and rural affairs, health, Scotland and Europe.
He was also party president for four years, between 1990 and 1994.
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