Read about the former Liberal Democrat MP and leader of the party 1988-1999, Paddy Ashdown. His memoirs, which include a classic chapter on how to win a constituency, are called A Fortunate Life.


The Cook-Maclennan talks: lessons in cross-party cooperation

There were initial contacts between Labour leader Tony Blair and the Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown as early as 1993. … Read the full post »


Paddy Ashdown passes away

Devastating news tonight – the death of former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown. He took Yeovil from unwinnable into a safe Liberal Democrat seat, and also rescued the party from near annihilation in the fallout from the SDP-Liberal merger. … Read the full post »