He revealed at the start of November this year that he had bladder cancer.
While leader of the Liberal Democrats, he lost the Lib Dems 2 seats in the 1992 General Election, who had just formed from the former Alliance of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (known as the SDP, which split from Labour over the issue of EU membership). In the 1997 General Election, he more than doubled the seats for the Lib Dems, from 18 seat to 46.
Ashdown campaigned vigorously against Brexit during the 2016 referendum, telling the Guardian later that year that he had turned to his wife, Jane, after the result and said, “it’s not our country any more”.
He will be dearly missed by all sides of the political spectrum.
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