Paddy Ashdown: Sir Vince Cable on former Liberal Democrats leader

Sir Vince Cable says he "owes a lot" to the "extremely energetic" Paddy Ashdown who has died aged 77.

Lord Ashdown was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October.

The longest-serving leader of the Lib Dems in its history, Lord Ashdown led the party between 1988 and 1999, when it became a growing force in UK politics.

After standing down as an MP in 2001, he served as the United Nations' high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, helping steer the country through its post-war reconstruction.

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