Paddy Ashdown

Lord Ashdown is a British politician and diplomat, currently Chair of the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Team

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A general view of members of the French police special forces launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris

Paris attacks: We have experienced anarchy like this before. We should not over-react to it

Terrorism can’t be allowed to deflect us from the principle of individual liberty

DFID tents are loaded up at warehouse in Dubai ready to fly to Erbil, Iraq

If you had the opportunity to save people's lives around the world, wouldn't you take it?

We now have a chance to guarantee the UK's commitment to overseas aid

Collected Poems by John Donne, book of a lifetime: The "greatest poet" still takes Paddy Ashdown's breath away

Since the age of 16, I have had a copy of the complete poems of John Donne somewhere close at hand. For me, that was a watershed year. I had not been a good student – at best strugglingly average, to the despair of my father. In truth the classroom interested me far less at this age than the rugby pitch, the athletics field and the girls at the local Bedford high school.

Elections 2014: Lib Dems’ biggest challenge is not to lose our heads - Lord Ashdown

“I bring you nought for your comfort,
Yea, nought for your desire.
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.”

I suspect that many Lib Dems waking on Monday morning will identify with King Alfred’s speech to his ragged army in G.K Chesterton’s epic “The Ballad of the White Horse”.

41 per cent of Lib Dem activists are dissatisfied with Nick Clegg's performance as party leader

Lib Dems’ biggest challenge is not to lose our heads

We have a proud record of achievement to take to the electorate at the next general election

UN Climate Conference: Fighting climate change is moral, vital, and in our own interests

Amid the political horse trading, politicians ignore climate change at their peril

Paddy Ashdown: We need a Tobin tax – but not to fill black holes

It is not just the regulatory benefits that are clear. The money raised could be used to help millions of children

Podium: Racism festering on my doorstep

Paddy Ashdown

Podium: Paddy Ashdown - Britain has five political parties

From a lecture to the Royal Society of Arts on proportional representat ion given by the leader of the Liberal Democrats

Unremembered acts of kindness

Monday Book; ANTI-CATHOLICISM IN NORTHERN IRELAND 1600-1998: THE MOTE AND THE BEAM BY JOHN D BREWER WITH GARETH I HIGGINS, MACMILLAN PRESS, pounds 16.99
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee