Paddy Ashdown Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon
Liberal/Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil 1983-2001
Leader of the Liberal Democrats 1988-1999
The National Sound Archive at the British Library holds various recordings of key Liberal figures.
Paddy Ashdown on realignment; the Guildhall, Chard, Somerset, 9 May 1992.
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Review of Paddy Ashdown, The Ashdown Diaries, Volume 1: 1988-1997 (Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 2000).
Notes on a political relationship.
Review of Paddy Ashdown, A Fortunate Life: The Autobiography of Paddy Ashdown (Aurum Press, 2009).
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