The Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon
|Leader of the Liberal Democrats|
16 July 1988 – 11 August 1999
|Succeeded by||Charles Kennedy|
|4th High Representative|
for Bosnia and Herzegovina
27 May 2002 – 31 January 2006
|Preceded by||Wolfgang Petritsch|
|Succeeded by||Christian Schwarz-Schilling|
|1st European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina|
3 June 2002 – 31 January 2006
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Christian Schwarz-Schilling|
|Chair of the Liberal Democrat General Election Committee|
26 September 2012 – 7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Willie Rennie[nb] (2010)|
|Succeeded by||Greg Mulholland[nb]|
|Member of the House of Lords|
10 July 2001 – 22 December 2018
|Member of Parliament|
9 June 1983 – 14 May 2001
|Preceded by||John Peyton|
|Succeeded by||David Laws|
Jeremy John Durham Ashdown
27 February 1941
New Delhi, British India
|Died||22 December 2018 (aged 77)|
Norton-sub-Hamdon, Somerset, England
|Cause of death||Bladder cancer|
|Resting place||Church of St Mary the Virgin, Norton Sub Hamdon|
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
Jane Courtenay (m. 1962)
|Alma mater||Bedford School|
|Branch/service||Corps of Royal Marines|
|Years of service||1959–1972|
|Unit||Special Boat Service|
|n.b. ^ as Campaigns & Communications Chair|
Jeremy John Durham "Paddy" Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG CH KBE PC (27 February 1941 – 22 December 2018) was a British politician and international diplomat. He served as leader of the Liberal Democrats from July 1988 to August 1999.
Biography[change | change source]
Paddy Ashdown was born in New Delhi, British India, but was brought up in Northern Ireland and his Irish accent brought him the nickname "Paddy". He served in the Royal Marines from 1959 to 1972 and saw fighting in Borneo, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland. At the 1983 general election, Ashdown became the Liberal Party's Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Yeovil.
In 1988, when the Liberal Party merged with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats, Ashdown was elected the leader of the new party and led the party through the 1992 and 1997 general elections. He resigned in 1999, and was given both a knighthood and a seat in the House of Lords. In the House of Lords, he was given the title Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon. From 2002 to 2006 he served as High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
His reputation was damaged slightly in 1992, when it was revealed that he had a five-month extra-marital affair with his secretary, and many British newspapers exposed this in great detail. The Sun newspaper ran a famous headline which played on Ashdown's name, calling him "Paddy Pants-Down".
Ashdown was diagnosed with "serious" bladder cancer in October 2018. He died two months later on 22 December 2018 from the disease in Norton-sub-Hamdon, Somerset, at the age of 77.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Curriculum Vitae: Paddy Ashdown". Bosnia and Herzegovina: Office of the High Representative (OHR) and EU Special Representative (EUSR). 27 May 2002. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
- ↑ Sale, Jonathan (18 October 2001). "An education in the life of Lord Ashdown: 'I was bullied early on, but then I learnt to fight'". The Independent. London. Retrieved 23 November 2007.[permanent dead link][permanent dead link]
- ↑ "Ashdown to quit as leader". BBC News. BBC. 20 January 1999.
- ↑ Ward, Lucy (21 January 1999). "End of the Ashdown era". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
- ↑ Heffer, Greg (2 November 2018). "Ex-Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown diagnosed with bladder cancer". Sky News. Sky UK. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
- ↑ "Ex-Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77". BBC News. BBC. 22 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Media related to Paddy Ashdown at Wikimedia Commons
- Quotations related to Paddy Ashdown at Wikiquote
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