When he was first elected as the Social Democratic Party (SDP) MP for the area Mr Kennedy was the youngest member in the House of Commons at that time.
NO 10 has played down suggestions that David Cameron's EU renegotiation has already suffered a major setback before it has barely begun.
David Cameron has picked journalist Camilla Cavendish to head the Downing Street policy unit as he reshapes his top team.
Ukip MEP Patrick O'Flynn has stepped down as the party's economic spokesman and apologised to leader Nigel Farage for publicly calling him "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive".
A Channel 4 docudrama which imagined a future in which Ukip won the general election has been cleared by the broadcasting watchdog.