Norfolk MPs join tributes to Charles Kennedy

Election Count at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Henry Bellingham ANL-150805-111717009
Election Count at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Henry Bellingham ANL-150805-111717009
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Two of our area’s MPs have joined the tributes to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who died last week.

A special session was held in the House of Commons on Wednesday, where North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and North Norfolk’s Norman Lamb were those to honour the 55-year-old.

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11/3/2015 (PM)''Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, visited Portsmouth on Wednesday to talk about the issue surrounding the NHS wanting to sell the St James' Hospital site to housing developers.''Pictured is: Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150538-4441) PPP-151103-170621001

Mr Bellingham said he had first got to know Mr Kennedy when they were first elected to Westminster in 1983.

He said: “Charles had that extraordinary quality, whenever he met people, of making them feel that much better about themselves.

“I will miss him no end. A quite remarkable person has left our lives. All the people who knew him well will be the poorer for it, but many others will as well.”

Mr Lamb, who served as Mr Kennedy’s parliamentary private secretary for two years, described his former boss as “an immense talent.”

He added: “It says so much about the man that so many Members in this House have spoken about him with such complete genuine warmth.

“He had the ability to achieve an extraordinary affinity with people beyond this place, speaking in a language that people understood. That is a talent not shared by very many people here.”