Saturday, December 22, 2018

Paddy Ashdown RIP

It has been announced this evening that Paddy Ashdown, who was the longest-serving leader of the Liberal Democrats and perhaps the party's most charismatic leader, has died of cancer at the age of 77.

Before entering politics he served his country in the Royal Marines and then in SIS.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Lord Ashdown "served his country with distinction" in both his military and political careers.

"He dedicated his life to public service and he will be sorely missed," she said.

Lord Ashdown's contemporary as party leader, former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major, hailed his one-time political opponent as "a man of duty, passion, and devotion to the country he loved - right up to the very end."

He added: "In government, Paddy Ashdown was my opponent. In life, he was a much-valued friend."
The present Lib/Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said Lord Ashdown was "a great inspiration".
"He was full of life, full of ideas," he told BBC News.

Rest in Peace.

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