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Ashdown, Jeremy John Durham (Paddy; Baron Ashdown)

Born: 1941 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Politician


1941 - Born in New Delhi in British India on the 27th of February.

1959-1972 - He served as an officer in the Royal Marines, including a stint in the elite Special Boat Service.

1983 - He worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in industry, and as a youth worker before being elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Yeovil.

1988 - He was elected as the new party's leader.

1992 - Ashdown led the Liberal Democrats into two general elections.

1999 - Ashdown resigned the leadership and was succeeded by Charles Kennedy.

2000 - He was knighted and became a life peer as Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, of Norton-sub-Hamdon in the County of Somerset in the House of Lords after retiring from the Commons.

2002 - He took up the post of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 27th of May, reflecting his long-time advocacy of international intervention in that region.

         - On the 14th of March, Ashdown testified as a witness for the prosecution at the trial of Slobodan Miloševi at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

2007 - In June, the BBC reported that Ashdown had been offered, and rejected, the Cabinet post of Northern Ireland Secretary by incoming Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


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