Paddy Ashdown
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"Jeremy John Durham Ashdown, Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon", , usually known as "Paddy Ashdown", is a British politician and former diplomat. He is the current Chair of the Liberal Democrats Next United Kingdom general election/2015 General Election Team.

After serving as a Royal Marine and as an intelligence officer in the UK security services, Ashdown became a Member of Parliament (MP) for Yeovil (UK Parliament constituency)/Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until August 1999; later he 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. A polyglot, Ashdown has an interpretership qualification in Mandarin Chinese/Mandarin and is fluent in several other languages.

Lord Ashdown has 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.

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