Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell pays tribute after wife dies

Lady Campbell of Pittenweem died at the couple’s home in Edinburgh having just returned from hospital.

Former Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell pays tribute after wife Elspeth Mary Campbell dies Getty Images

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has paid tribute following the death of his wife Elspeth Mary Campbell, aged 83.

Lord Campbell said his “bright, beautiful and witty” wife of more than 50 years “will be very much missed” in a short statement.

Sir Menzies, who served as MP for North East Fife for 28 years and is the current chancellor of the University of St Andrews, said: “After more than 50 years of marriage, my bright, beautiful and witty Elspeth has gone.

“She was my constant political companion, always my encouragement and forever my first line of defence.

“When I had doubts about the leadership of the Liberal Democrats her advice was clear, she said ‘never say never’.

“She was renowned for her hosting of political Sunday lunches, which always lingered long into the evenings.

“Her passion for politics, her support of me and her love of her family will be very much missed.”

Lady Campbell of Pittenweem died at the couple’s home in Edinburgh having just returned from a period of recuperation in hospital.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP paid tribute online, saying the party had lost “a much-loved member” who “brought levity and laughter to every room she entered”.

Lady Campbell’s family said a private funeral service with a memorial will be held at a later date.

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