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Paddy Ashdown

British politician and diplomat
Paddy Ashdown

Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, GCMG, KBE, PC (born 27 February 1941), commonly known as Paddy Ashdown, is a British politician and former Royal Marine. He is a former Leader of the UK Liberal Democrat party and former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002-2006.


  • There can be no place in a 21st-century parliament for people with 15th-century titles upholding 19th-century prejudices.
    • Quoted in the Independent (25 November 1998).
  • History teaches us these lessons for the interveners: leave your prejudices at home, keep your ambitions low, have enough resources to do the job, do not lose the golden hour, make security your first priority, involve the neighbours.
    • Radio series for the BBC (2007) [1]

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