On May 1st 1997, Paddy Ashdown knew that any hope of a formal alliance with the Labour Party had been buried in Tony Blair's landslide election victory. This second volume of "The Ashdown Diaries" concerns the period from May 1997 until July 1999, and features Ashdown's talks with Tony Blair on proportional representation, the edgy co-operation between the two men during the first two years of Labour's administration, Ashdown's continued involvement in the Balkan wars and the last days of his leadership.
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Before he began his political career, Paddy Ashdown served in the Royal Marine Commandos and the Special Boat Service (SBS) and afterwards as a member of the Diplomatic Service. In 1983 he became MP for Yeovil, and in 1988 was elected leader of the new Social and Liberal Democrats. In the May 1997 election he led the Liberal Democrats to their greatest electoral achievement since 1929. He stood down as the party's leader in 1999. He was knighted in 2000 and entered the House of Lords in 2001.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140297766