BREAKING: Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

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BREAKING: Paddy Ashdown dies aged 77

Current leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable, said it was a "hugely sad day" for politics.

Sir Vince added: "He was famous for his politics, but his talents extended well beyond that arena.

"He was an accomplished author, and had spent many years serving the country before he got near the House of Commons.

"Few people know how hard he fought to get into politics following his service in the marines and diplomatic service.

"He exercised every ounce of his considerable personal stamina to win the Yeovil seat.

"He was a personal example to me and to many other candidates."

Mr Ashdown, a former Royal Marine, led the party from 1988 to 1999 and died on Saturday evening.

He had been suffering from bladder cancer.

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