Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:
“I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.
“He won a stunning by-election victory in Newbury where he and his team showed the Liberal Democrats had the fight and passion to deliver a fantastic result in a challenging political climate. It was inspirational then, and is inspirational today as Liberal Democrats fight to rebuild.
“His continuing work with the party, standing again as a candidate in the 2010 and 2015 elections, and serving on the party’s Federal Executive typified the resilience, commitment and resolve with which he approached politics.
“He was a friend and colleague who I know will be sorely missed by his friends, family and the party.”
Paddy Ashdown, who led the Liberal Democrats when David was elected to Parliament, said:
“David Rendel will be enormously missed by his friends and family. His by-election triumph in Newbury was exceptional and an important step in driving the Liberal Democrats forward.
“It takes a strength of character to stand for public office, and his continued work campaigning for the Liberals and Liberal Democrats over so many years reflected not only his character but also his strong commitment and belief in the causes he fought for.”