Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Former Liberal Democrats leader Paddy Ashdown has died at the age of 77, the party has said.

Lord Ashdown, who led the party between 1988 and 1999, revealed last month that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Speaking to the Somerset Live website at the time, Lord Ashdown said: “We must see about the outcome, which as always with things like this, is unpredictable.

“I’ve fought a lot of battles in my life.

“This time I am lucky enough to have the magnificent help of our local hospital, and my friends and family, and that gives me great confidence.”

A Liberal Democrat spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Paddy Ashdown passed away earlier this evening following a short illness.

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