“I am deeply saddened and shocked by the news about Paddy. I had enormous admiration for Paddy as a man and as a political visionary and Leader. He was one of the most talented politicians never to hold high office but as Leader of the Liberal Democrats he nonetheless had a major impact on British political life.
“He was motivated by values of compassion, decency and a profound commitment to make the world a better place. He had courage personal and political, unafraid to speak his mind yet always open to the views of others. He was one of the least tribal politicians I have ever known. He came into politics to do good and by and large did it whether in leading his Party, in his work in the Balkans or his wide range of British and international roles.
“He will be hugely missed by his many friends and admirers round the world. And of course he was excellent company, always fun to be around. My deepest condolences and sympathy go to Jane and all the family.”