Ex-Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77


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Ex-Liberal Democrats leader Paddy Ashdown has died aged 77 after a short illness, a party spokesperson has said.

The former MP for Yeovil, who “made an immeasurable contribution to furthering the cause of liberalism”, passed away on Saturday evening, a statement said.
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said Lord Ashdown had “made a real mark” on Parliament and it was “a hugely sad day”.
Lord Ashdown was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October.
The longest serving leader of the Lib Dems in its history, Lord Ashdown led the party between 1988 and 1999, when it became a growing force in UK politics.
After standing down as an MP in 2001, he served as the United Nations’ high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, helping steer the country through its post-war reconstruction.(BBC)

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