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Paddy Ashdown Wiki: Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, CH, GCMG, KBE, PC (27 February 1941–22 December 2018, known as Paddy Ashdown, was a British politician and former diplomat who served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999.
After serving as a Royal Marine and Special Boat Service officer and as an intelligence officer in the UK security services, Paddy Ashdown became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001; later Paddy Ashdown served as International High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 27 May 2002 to 30 May 2006, following his vigorous lobbying for military action against Yugoslavia in the 1990s. He was the Chair of the Liberal Democrats’ 2015 general election team. A polyglot, Paddy Ashdown had an interpretership qualification in Mandarin and was fluent in several other languages.
Paddy Ashdown had received national recognition for his services by appointment as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George(GCMG) in the 2006 New Year Honours and Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2015 New Year Honours.
Paddy Ashdown Biography
Paddy Ashdown was the eldest of seven children: he had four brothers and two sisters. Paddy Ashdown was born in New Delhi, India, on 27 February 1941 to a family of soldiers and colonial administrators who spent their lives in India. His father was a lapsed Catholic, and his mother a Protestant. His mother (née Hudson) was a nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. Paddy Ashdown‘s father, John William Richard Durham Ashdown (1909–1980), was an Indian Army officer in the 14th Punjab Regiment and the Royal Indian Army Service Corps, and in 1944 attained the rank of temporary lieutenant colonel. During the retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940, John Ashdown ignored an order to abandon the men of the 32nd Animal Transport Company (Mule) under his command, instead leading them to the port and on to one of the last ships to leave, without losing a single man. Although court-martialled for disobeying orders, Paddy Ashdown was exonerated, and by the end of the war had risen to the rank of colonel.
Paddy Ashdown Personal life
Paddy Ashdown married Jane Courtenay in 1962. The couple had a son, Simon, and daughter, Katharine, along with three grandchildren. In 1992, following the press becoming aware of a stolen document relating to a divorce case, he disclosed a five-month affair with his secretary, Patricia Howard, five years earlier from which he acquired the press nickname ‘Paddy Pantsdown’. His career and marriage both survived the political and tabloid storm, with his wife of 30 years forgiving him.
Paddy Ashdown supported Yeovil Town Paddy Ashdown was also a member of the National Liberal Club.
Paddy Ashdown Death Cause
Ashdown was diagnosed with “serious” bladder cancer in October 2018. He died on 22 December 2018.
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