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TitleAshdown; Jeremy John Durham (1941-); Baron Ashdown of Norton-Sub-Hamdon; politician
Extent322 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryBorn 1941; served in the Royal Marines, 1959-1972, in 41 and 42 Commando and 2 Special Boat Section; 1st Secretary, UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, 1971-1976; Commercial Managers' Department, Westland Group, 1976-1978; Senior Manager, Morlands Ltd, Yeovil, 1978-1981; Youth Officer, Dorset County Council, 1981-1983; Liberal MP for Yeovil, 1983-1988; Liberal Democrat MP, 1988-2001; Liberal Party Spokesman on Trade and Industry, 1985-1987; Liberal/SDP Alliance Spokesman on Education and Science, 1987-1988; Liberal Party Spokesman on Education and Science, 1987; Social and Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Northern Ireland, 1988; Leader of the Social and Liberal Democrat (later Liberal Democrat) Party, 1988-1999. He was created Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon in 2001. County of Somerset. From 2002 to 2006, Lord Ashdown was the Peace Implementation Council's High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and European Union Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Publications include:
Citizen's Britain: a radical agenda for the 1990s (Fourth Estate, London, 1989);
The environment (Phillip Charles Media, 1990);
Beyond Westminster: finding hope in Britain (Simon and Schuster, London, 1994);
Making change our ally (Liberal Democrat Publications, Dorchester, 1994);
The Ashdown Diaries, volume 1, 1988-1997 (Allen Lane, 2000);
The Ashdown Diaries, volume 2, 1997-1999 (Allen Lane, 2001).
DescriptionPapers of Jeremy John Durham (Paddy) Ashdown, [1970]-1999, including material relating to the working of the Liberal Democrat Party (including files on the merger of the Liberal and Social Democratic Parties in 1988), campaigns, and relations with related Liberal groups, such as campaigning within ethnic minorities, the Liberal Youth and Student Office, the Liberal Movement, the European Liberal Democratic and Reform Parties, and Liberal International; material relating to Social and Liberal Democrat and Liberal Democrat conferences, 1989-1993, comprising programmes, agenda and correspondence; files relating to the administration of party political broadcasts and press releases, 1988-1992; papers relating to general, by, local and European elections, 1988-1993, including the 1991 report on general elections, and the European Election Task Group and ASLDC reports on local government elections; files on parliamentary procedure, 1989-1992; financial and administrative papers of the Liberal Democrat Party, 1986-1992, notably relating to fund raising; material concerning the organisation of local parties, 1988-1993, including those in Scotland and Wales; Liberal Democrat correspondence, 1982-1993, mainly with party members; constituency correspondence, 1985-1994, relating to Yeovil; general correspondence, 1983-1994, with members of the public, on subjects including animal rights, the arts, blood sports, capital punishment, constitutional and electoral reform, defence, education, energy, the environment, Europe, foreign affairs/policy, health, housing, human rights, legal aid, minority rights, the Poll Tax, taxation, trade and industry, and transport; correspondence relating to issues in individual constituencies, 1988-1994; files of information and correspondence on particular subjects, 1984-1993; personal material relating to work by Paddy Ashdown, 1983-1994, including books, articles, speeches and details of programmes; files on the employment of staff in Paddy Ashdown's office, 1984-1992.
Files created by Ashdown as leader of the Liberal Democrats, c1991-1999 (AccNo: M1981).
Paddy Ashdown's diaries, July 1988-April 1997 (AccNo: M3059).
Personal and party correspondence, 1987-1998 (AccNo: M3322).
Diaries and emails, 1999-2006 (AccNo: M3348)
Diaries, files relating to work in Bosnia and Kosovo, papers relating to Liberal Democrats, especially elections, scrapbooks and press cuttings, 1980-2005 (AccNo: M3433)
Personal papers; election ephemera, including a few Yeovil documents from the 1920s; articles; and, photographs, mainly 1980s-90s (AccNo: M3445).
Photographs - 5 folders, uncaptioned and undated (AccNo: M3544)
Publication NoteAshdown Diaries, 1988-1997 and 1997-1999
Access StatusMainly open; some items closed
Access ConditionsAccess is restricted to this collection; please contact the Archives Division for details.
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the creator.
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