Paddy Ashdown

Friday caption contest: the three Europhiles

15 April 2016 13:37

Although Jeremy Corbyn has been slow to get involved with the EU campaign, David Cameron is still keen to show…

Paddy Ashdown slaps down Tim Farron: ‘Judgement is not his strong suit’

15 March 2015 11:27

It seems Tim Farron has rather annoyed his senior Lib Dem colleagues with his quite naked desire to become party…

The damning, shocking, depressing life of Jeremy Thorpe

5 January 2015 12:54

Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch Little, Brown, pp.606, £25 The back story of Michael Bloch’s biography of Jeremy Thorpe is…

Ashdown: We’re ‘a left wing party’ but we’ll do a deal with whoever the voters tell us to

15 September 2013 14:19

A rather irritable Paddy Ashdown has just told Andrew Neil that the Lib Democrats are ‘a left-wing party’ but that…

Lord Ashdown was today unveiled as the chair of the Lib Dem 2015 election campaign. Picture: Getty.

Lib Dem conference: The significance of the Paddy Ashdown appointment

26 September 2012 20:00

The only line of Nick Clegg’s speech that drew whoops from the hall was the announcement that Paddy Ashdown was…

Lib Dems in Brighton: the prattling of the pointless

25 September 2012 12:16

Are there any words in the English language more soporific or depressing than: ‘Liberal Democrat Party Conference’? My paucity of…

Lib Dem conference: Paddy Ashdown hits out at opinion polls, Tories and pessimism

24 September 2012 18:28

Polls don’t and shouldn’t matter to Liberal Democrats, so says Paddy Ashdown. The ex-Lib Dem leader managed to whip activists…

The Lib Dems jostle for airtime

1 May 2012 15:23

Yep, they’re inescapable, those Lib Dems. Even when the airwaves are dominated by Rupert Murdoch and Tom Watson, they’re there…

Lib-Dem-a-rama

22 January 2012 13:40

There are Lib Dems everywhere today, CoffeeHousers, and they’re differentiating like crazy. We had Nick Clegg himself on the Andrew…

The coalition’s latest anxiety attack

11 December 2011 11:43

It is starting to feel like the build-up to the AV referendum again, if not worse. No longer the casual…

Are the Lib Dems pro-EU?

20 November 2011 16:57

This might seem a very odd question. A pro-EU position is part of the party’s internationalist DNA. Listen to any…

The Lib Dems warn the Tories over Europe

21 September 2011 12:47

The Lib Dems have just had a brief Q&A on foreign affairs. Paddy Ashdown and defence minister Nick Harvey gave…

It’s all over bar the counting

5 May 2011 23:12

The polls have now closed tonight. But there’s no exit poll and no results are expected for a few hours…