Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Nick Clegg on Sir Menzies Campbell

Responding to Sir Menzies Campbell’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in 2015, Nick Clegg said:

"Sir Menzies has been a towering presence in British politics for the past three decades. He has served this country and our party with unparalleled distinction.

"Most people would be satisfied with just one outstanding career but Menzies Campbell has had three – as an Olympic athlete, a renowned QC and a leading politician.

"It has been a great honour to succeed Sir Menzies as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats. As well as being an outstanding leader, Sir Menzies is a brilliant orator and someone who commands both attention and affection from all sides of the House in Westminster.

"Of his many achievements in politics, I suspect he will be most vividly remembered for his passionate and articulate opposition to the war in Iraq.

"Sir Menzies Campbell has served the people of North East Fife with distinction for an astonishing 26 years. I know he will continue to do so over the next year and a half and in the many other roles he fulfils in the area, such as his Chancellorship of St Andrews University.

“Speaking personally, I have relied for a long time on Ming's enormous wisdom and knowledge and his retirement from Westminster is a sad day for me, my party and British politics as a whole."