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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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