Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77




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Tributes pour in for politician who led the party between 1988 and 1999

The political world has paid tribute to Paddy Ashdown – the irrepressible former Liberal Democrat leader and ex-marine – who died aged 77 just two months after revealing that he was being treated for bladder cancer.

Lord Ashdown, who built the Lib Dems into a formidable third party at Westminster and a highly effective force in local government during his 11 years as leader between 1988 and 1999, died on Saturday evening, a party spokesman said.

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