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  1. August 22, 2014

    The Inventory: Paddy Ashdown

    Paddy Ashdown, 73, served as a Royal Marine and an intelligence officer before being elected MP for Yeovil in 1983. He was...

  2. August 2, 2014

    Israel’s actions ‘disproportionate’ says former peace envoy

    Israel’s actions against Hamas are disproportionate and both sides should talk to each other, former Lib Dem leader and...

  1. Westminster Blog

    September 18, 2013

    Glasgow cements the Clegg coup

    David Laws stood up this morning and reminded the Lib Dem conference about the first party conference he went to, in 1994....

  2. December 30, 2012

    Farage and Ukip ride ‘anti-politics’ wave

    Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party, has admitted his party’s surging popularity will make it the target of...

  3. August 31, 2012

    Ashdown urges Lib Dems to back Clegg

    Paddy Ashdown, former Liberal Democrat leader, has called on his party to support Nick Clegg after the first open revolt...

  4. May 3, 2012

    Interview: ‘Running a charity is no soft option’

    Jackie Ballard might have shaken off her party political affiliations but she remains a political animal. Today, she says:...

  5. March 21, 2012

    Syrian visions that exclude each other

    From Mr Erik Tollefson. Sir, Hugh Goodacre (“Such a standpoint on Syria is naive”, Letters, March 14) presents a curious...

  6. March 14, 2012

    Such a standpoint on Syria is naive

    From Dr Hugh Goodacre. Sir, The letter on Syria signed by Paddy Ashdown and others (“We urge UN Security Council to revoke...

  7. March 12, 2012

    We urge UN Security Council to revoke Assad’s licence to kill

    From Lord Ashdown, Mr Lloyd Axworthy, Mr Fernando Henrique Cardoso and others. Sir, One year after the start of the Syrian...

  8. January 31, 2012

    Cameron seeks appointment of SNP peer

    David Cameron wants to nominate the first Scottish Nationalist peer to the House of Lords this year in an overture to the...

  9. May 6, 2011

    Resounding defeat for electoral reform

    Voters have decisively rejected changes to the way MPs are elected to Westminster, dealing a crushing blow to the Liberal...

  10. Westminster Blog

    May 5, 2011

    Ashdown takes a big swipe at Cameron

    The coalition is entering a dangerous period and it is probably no surprise that Paddy Ashdown is one of the first to reach...

  11. April 17, 2011

    PM’s migration vow ‘not policy’, says Clegg

    Nick Clegg has reopened divisions within the coalition over immigration by insisting that David Cameron’s promise to slash...

  12. April 7, 2011

    Nick Clegg shatters the alfalfa ceiling

    Nick Clegg has drawn some beastly criticism over the publication of what might loosely be termed his strategy to improve...

  13. March 15, 2011

    No-fly zone was a substitute for decisive action in Bosnia

    From Mr François Heisbourg. Sir, Paddy Ashdown is mistaken to invoke the Bosnian war as a precedent in favour of a no-fly...

  14. March 13, 2011

    It is time for Europe to back a no-fly zone in Libya

    Commenting on Libya the other day, former British prime minister John Major said “Events alter opinions.” He was right and...

  15. March 12, 2011

    EU must make a wider offer – with conditions

    From Lord Mandelson, Lord Kinnock, Lord Ashdown and others. Sir, As European politicians start to formulate a response to...

  16. September 19, 2010

    Lib Dems must stress where they stand out

    Liberal Democrats who have been around politics for at least most of the party’s 22-year existence will certainly not be...

  17. Westminster Blog

    July 21, 2010

    Obama and Cameron do dinner

    By George Parker, political editor David Cameron was still glowing last night after his three-hour bonding session with...

  18. Westminster Blog

    July 14, 2010

    New humanitarian job for Paddy Ashdown

    I’m told that Andrew Mitchell, the development secretary, will announce this afternoon that he’s appointing Lord Ashdown to...

  19. June 29, 2010

    A question that may haunt Nick Clegg

    During its many decades in the wilderness, Nick Clegg's party was tortured by the charge of irrelevance. The only serious...

  20. May 12, 2010

    Gates swing shut behind New Labour

    Britain's political destiny was decided at shortly before 1am yesterday, when Liberal Democrat MPs made their historic...

  21. May 12, 2010

    Gates swing shut behind era of New Labour

    Britain's political destiny was decided at shortly before 1am yesterday, when Liberal Democrat MPs made their historic...

  22. May 11, 2010

    Gate swings shut on 13 years of Labour rule

    Britain’s political destiny was decided at shortly before 1am on Tuesday, when Liberal Democrat MPs made their historic...

  23. May 10, 2010

    Conservatives seek coalition deal with centrist Lib Dems

    David Cameron, leader of Britain's opposition Conservatives, yesterday attempted to strike a coalition deal with the...

  24. May 9, 2010

    Cameron and Clegg seek to outline deal

    Senior Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were locked in intense negotiations over electoral reform on Sunday, in an...

  25. Westminster Blog

    May 8, 2010

    Is there any way around the dreaded Lib Dem "triple lock"?

    For those of you with little knowledge of Lib Dem creed, the “triple lock” is a rule foisted on Paddy Ashdown at the...

  26. Westminster Blog

    April 26, 2010

    Expert panel: Fantasy coalition cabinets

    The FT’s expert election panel will occasionally be giving their thoughts on running themes of the campaign. Today, we asked...

  27. April 22, 2010

    Challenger's europhile credentials

    Nick Clegg is arguably the most europhile leader of a big political party that Britain has produced in many years, writes...

  28. Westminster Blog

    April 21, 2010

    Expert panel: Panic in the ranks?

    As part of the FT’s expert election panel, our three contributors will occasionally be giving their thoughts on the big...

  29. April 20, 2010

    TV debates we would have loved

    The drama of the first leaders' debate makes one yearn for those television contests that never were. The best would surely...

  30. April 19, 2010

    TV debates we would have loved

    The drama of the first leaders’ debate makes one yearn for those television contests that never were. The best would surely...

  31. April 16, 2010

    Lib Dems eye post-debate poll bounce

    The Liberal Democrats could see a five-point jump in the polls, according to their former leader, Paddy Ashdown, after Nick...

  32. Westminster Blog

    April 14, 2010

    Expert panel: The war of ideas

    As part of the FT’s expert election panel, our three contributors will occasionally be giving their thoughts on the big...

  33. Westminster Blog

    April 9, 2010

    Expert panel: Efficiency savings and the war on cuts

    As part of the FT’s expert election panel, our three contributors will occasionally be giving their thoughts on the big...

  34. Westminster Blog

    April 7, 2010

    The FT election panel: what the parties fear most

    The FT’s election panel kicked off its campaign watch today. Matthew Taylor, Tony Blair’s former policy chief, Charles...

  35. Westminster Blog

    April 1, 2010

    Westminster Blog election coverage

    We’re gearing up for the election here on the Westminster blog. We’ve been leafleted by head office, telephone canvassed by...

  36. February 10, 2010

    Blair and Ashdown had the right idea

    From Mr Mike Thomas.Sir, The FT is quite right that there is no need for undue concern over a hung parliament; and that it...

  37. December 29, 2009

    Broken Bosnia needs western attention

    The 14th anniversary of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords passed unnoticed in November. The collapse of a US-EU diplomatic...

  38. November 21, 2009

    Europe's computer-dating system badly malfunctions

    If the answer is Herman Van Rompuy and Cathy Ashton, what the hell was the question? Europe's choices for its new...

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