Campbell, Menzies ‘Ming’ (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

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Ming Campbell succeeded Charles Kennedy as leader of the Liberal Democrat party in March 2006. Despite concerns about his age, he was hailed within the party as an astute intellect and a steadying influence. In Oct. 2007 Campbell resigned as leader of the party.

Early Life

Walter Menzies Campbell was born on 22 May 1941 in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at the University of Glasgow and was elected as president of the University Union. He later undertook a scholarship at Stanford University in California.

In 1964 he competed as a sprinter at the Tokyo Olympics. His athletics career encompassed captaining Scotland at the Empire and Commonwealth Games in Jamaica in 1966, captaining the British squad in 1965 and 1966 and holding the British 100 m record between 1967 and 1974.

Having qualified as a lawyer, he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1968 and appointed a QC in 1982. Becoming chairman of the Scottish Liberals in 1975, he unsuccessfully stood for parliament...

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