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Former Lib Dem MP laid to rest

Ray Michie
Ray Michie died earlier this week at her home in Oban

Family, friends and colleagues have attended the funeral of former MP Ray Michie, who died at the age of 74.

Former Liberal Democrat leaders Charles Kennedy MP and Sir Menzies Campbell MP were among the congregation for the service at Oban Parish church.

In his eulogy, Jim Wallace, the former leader of the party in Scotland, told mourners that Lady Michie was passionate about Highland culture.

She was later laid to rest in Oban cemetery.

Ray Michie was first elected as the MP for Argyll and Bute in 1987.

She was, Mr Wallace said, a "people person".

After standing down from her parliamentary seat in 2001, she joined the House of Lords, becoming the first peer to pledge the oath of allegiance in Gaelic.

Her interest in the language was reflected at Saturday's service, at which Taynuilt Gaelic choir sang a short anthem.

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