Paddy Ashdown

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, Nathan Law: Hong Kong's Icons Of Democracy And The Struggle For Freedom

Benedict Rogers | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Benedict Rogers

I lived in Hong Kong for the first five years after its handover to China. I know Hong Kong's political prisoners Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Cho...

Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union

Adam Hamdy | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

There can be no denying that the establishment put absolutely everything into keeping Britain in the European Union, and yet somehow, the leave message, a message of hope, of optimism about Britain's future as an independent nation, of a return to proper parliamentary democracy, resonated with people.

Brexit Will Benefit Both Farmers and Consumers

Jayne Adye | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jayne Adye

With the referendum really heating up in recent weeks, there has been a surplus of outlandish claims coming from both sides. With plenty of column inches already dedicated to the Prime Minister's scaremongering about the dangers of World War 3 if we Leave the EU, the ordinary voter can understandably come to the conclusion the whole referendum issue is a bit of a storm in a teacup...

Paddy Ashdown Launches Blazing Attack On Tory Ministers For 'Trying To Run The BBC'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK

Paddy Ashdown has delivered a blazing rant against Conservative ministers, accusing them of trying to "run the BBC" and compromise its independence. ...

12 Pictures Of Political Leaders Getting On Just Fine

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics

Tory Prime Minister David Cameron, Labour's Harriet Harman, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Green Party leader Natalie Bennet have shared a platform to ...

Cameron Urged To Do More Than Tweet About Starving Syrians

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron is facing mounting pressure to get the RAF involved in securing aid to starving inhabitants of the Syrian town of Madaya. Amid shocki...

Ashdown Questions Tory Links To 'Rich Arabs'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics

The failure of David Cameron to put pressure on Gulf states to stop funding jihadists raises questions about the Conservative Party's links to rich Ar...

Charles Kennedy - A Special Man Who Played a Huge Part in My Life

Daisy McAndrew | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Politics
Daisy McAndrew

Charles Kennedy was a very funny, very dear man, with a big heart... There is a particular kind of sadness that comes from a friendship - and a life - that doesn't end well. That's the sadness I've felt today.

7 Hats Paddy Ashdown Could Eat

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Comedy

When Thursday's exit polls predicted a dramatic reduction in the number of Liberal Democrat seats from 57 to just 10, party chairman Paddy Ashdown sai...

The Lib Dems Are So Unhappy With The Exit Poll Paddy Ashdown Is Going To Eat His Hat

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have dismissed exit poll suggestions that the party could be reduced to just 10 MPs. But Lord Paddy Ashdown, former party lea...

Watch Paddy Ashdown Say 'Bastards' Live On The BBC Seven Times In Four Minutes

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics

Lord Ashdown said the word "bastards" seven times in four minutes on BBC News at lunchtime on Tuesday, which must be a new record. The former Lib D...

Salmond Accused Of 'Literary Masturbation'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond’s account of last year’s Scottish referendum was described on Friday as “the longest exercise in literary masturbation since politi...

In a Time of Austerity, Do the UK's Children Have to Suffer?

Lord Ashdown | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Lord Ashdown

The recession means that, whoever governs we are now in the grip of austerity politics and will be for some years to come. Because we faced that challenge our economy is now recovering. But this makes that other challenge, the task of lifting children out of poverty, much harder and much more difficult.

Putting Children First With Unicef at the Commonwealth Games

Lord Ashdown | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

Glasgow and Unicef, working together aim to show that these Commonwealth Games will be remembered, not only for the amazing sportsmanship and athletic endeavour on show, but also for harnessing the immense power of sport to help save millions of children's lives across the Commonwealth.

Ending the Horror of Rape and Abuse Against Children in Conflict

Lord Ashdown | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Ashdown

During my years in Bosnia, both during the war and afterwards I heard and saw evidence of horrific stories of mass rape and sexual violence committed during the war. Thousands of women and children suffered terrible abuse and the physical and mental scars could stay with survivors for the rest of their lives. Years later, sexual violence still remains entrenched in conflict zones around the world and children are often the most vulnerable. Children suffering in conflicts are growing up in a world where they face the daily threat of rape and abuse and sexual violence is considered the 'norm'.

Galloway's Party Set To Challenge Lib Dem Who Tweeted Mohammed Cartoon

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

George Galloway has waded into the row over a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, tweeted by Lib Dem hopeful Maajid Nawaz, by vowing his party will fight...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Gideon's 'Year Of Hard Truths'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 6 January 2013... 1) GIDEON'S 'YEAR OF HARD TRUTHS' The chancellor has a big speech later to...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Ache

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 19 November 2013... 1) ED ACHE Ed Balls and Ed Miliband don't get along? Don't. Be. Silly. From ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Completely Crazy'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 15 September 2013.. 1) 'COMPLETELY CRAZY' The Lib Dem conference has kicked off in Glasgow and former...

Ned Simons

Ashdown Tells Lib Dems It Would Be 'Crazy' To End Coalition Early | Ned Simons | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics

Lord Ashdown has warned Liberal Democrats they would be "completely crazy" to pull out of the coalition before the general election, praised Nick Cleg...

Ignore Miliband and the Cruise Missiles, President Obama Must Arm the Free Syrian Army

Nehad Ismail | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Arm the Free Syrian Army and Let Them Do the Job: The US has evidence that the chemical nerve agent Sarin was used in a deadly attack in Damascus las...

Think Paddy Ashdown Knows Something About Drones? Think Again

Luke Massey | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

Ashdown appears unbridled by, or wilfully ignorant of, the fundamental issues which make a mockery of his analysis. While he is right to point out that some of the issues which concern people about the growing use of drone warfare are reflected in extant military practices, his conclusions are baffling and misplaced.

We Need to Bring Our Troops Home

Natalie Bennett | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our most recent occupation of Afghanistan has been marked, much like the others, by a directionless war that turns Afghans into enemies while getting bogged down in mud and blood. The growing occurrence of so called 'green on blue' attacks on allied forces are not simply a failure of security checks but a deeper sign that more Afghan's than ever are unconvinced that the 11 year occupation has been for their benefit. We should bring home the 9,000 British service men and women still stationed in Afghanistan, taking them out of harm's way.

Lib Dem Party Conference - "Why Aren't They Screaming?"

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Now admittedly, this was my first party conference but as the train wheezed into Brighton station and I peered through my rain-spattered window at the black clouds being tossed about the seaside sky, I remember thinking what an apposite congregation of vapours it was to herald a Lib Dem conference at this particular moment in time.

Ned Simons

Lord Ashdown: We Were Opportunistic With Tuition Fees Promise | Ned Simons | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Politics

BRIGHTON - The Liberal Democrats were "opportunistic" in promising not to raise tuition fees, the party's former leader Paddy Ashdown has admitted. ...