Mr Kennedy has been MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber since 1983. Born in Inverness in 1959, he was brought up and educated in Fort William, and attended Glasgow University. Following his graduation in 1982, he worked as a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC.
In May 1983 he was elected to the House of Commons as an SDP Member of Parliament to become the youngest MP of the time. He was the first SDP MP to back the merger with the Liberals after the 1987 general election and he was elected UK Party President in 1990. In August 1999 he was elected as the leader of the Liberal Democrats and he was appointed to the Privy Council in October 1999.
He took the Liberal Democrats to their most successful election performance for some 80 years when they returned 63 MPs in May 2005. He stood down as leader of the party in January 2006.
Charles Kennedy is one of Britain’s most recognisable politicians. A regular writer in the national press and a frequent participant in “Have I Got News For You”, this is a wonderful opportunity for the Glasgow Jewish Community.
Mr. Kennedy will address our community on the 8th March 2009 and his talk will include his impressions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights issues and world affairs. He has also agreed to take questions from the floor.
The lecture will be open to all members of the community and we anticipate a very high demand for tickets. There will be a £5 donation per person, which will help recover some of our costs. We hope that you can be with us on what we are sure will be a memorable occasion. To apply for tickets for the event, please use the Contact form on the website.
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