In­au­gu­ral Charles Kennedy lecture

The Oban Times - - News -

THE IN­AU­GU­RAL Charles Kennedy me­mo­rial lecture will be held later this month, to be given by a lead­ing Lib­eral Demo­crat Lord.

Jim Wal­lace, Baron Wal­lace of Tanker­ness, who is party leader in the House of Lords, will speak at the new, an­nual event on Novem­ber 20 as part of Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce’s Ideas Week.

Mr Kennedy, who died in June, served as the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber from 1983 to 2015, and led the party from 1999 to 2006.

The ti­tle of the first lecture, be­ing held at West High­land Col­lege UHI, Fort Wil­liam, is: ‘A High­land Style of Pol­i­tics: How Charles Kennedy’s High­land her­itage shaped him, his pol­i­tics and his life’.

It will de­bate whether or not, as res­i­dents of Lochaber, the peo­ple draw on the in­flu­ence of a High­land cul­ture and what this brings to them, as peo­ple, as a work­force and as politi­cians.

The lecture will be fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion with an in­for­mal busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal net­work­ing ses­sion.

Wil­lie Ren­nie, MSP, leader of the Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats, said: ‘It is won­der­ful Lochaber Cham­ber has taken the lead by or­gan­is­ing this lecture to re­mem­ber Charles Kennedy. I know Charles greatly val­ued the good re­la­tion­ship with the Cham­ber.

‘Jim Wal­lace, our former deputy First Min­is­ter and now Lib­eral Demo­crat leader in the House of Lords, will de­liver a fas­ci­nat­ing lecture.’

Anne Wid­dop, vice chair­woman of Lochaber Cham­ber, said: ‘ We felt it was a fit­ting and last­ing trib­ute to Charles Kennedy to es­tab­lish an an­nual lecture. I would like to think he would have ap­proved and be de­lighted his legacy is cel­e­brated with a lecture and de­bate hosted in Lochaber - a place he was pas­sion­ate about and worked tire­lessly for.’

LEGACY: the first Charles Kennedy me­mo­rial lecture will be given as part of Lochaber Ideas Week.

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