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Ashdown, Jeremy John Durham

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.