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Twitter bio: Tweets prior to December 2018 from Paddy, from January 2019 from his office.

Affiliation: Liberal Democrat
Join Date: 10 Jul 2001
RT @paddyashdown: There will be a memorial service to commemorate the life of Paddy Ashdown in London on 10 September. If you have not alre…
There will be a memorial service to commemorate the life of Paddy Ashdown in London on 10 September. If you have no… https://t.co/YLtt3eKPF2
Since polling opened in the European elections I have surveyed over 10,000 voters to ask how they voted, why they chose the party they did, and – at least as of this weekend – what they see themselves doing at the next general election.   Who voted for...
Lord Ashcroft, the former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party,  has made a series of major revelations about the captive-bred lion industry in South Africa. In the light of his exclusive disclosures, Lord Ashcroft called on the South African Gove...
My presentation to the International Democrat Union executive meeting in Santiago, Chile, looking at what my polling shows about the prospects for the 2020 US Presidential election.   Since the midterm elections in November I have conducted further res...
Divided though we are, one thing everyone in the country seems to agree on is that they are sick to the back teeth of our political class. Individual politicians still sometimes inspire support or admiration – Theresa May not least among them, it shoul...
This article first appeared in the Mail on Sunday.   Ten years ago, when I was responsible for the Tories’ private polling as the party’s Deputy Chairman, we often asked voters to choose from a selection of words and pictures those which they most asso...
Following the week’s parliamentary drama, here is a reminder of how – and crucially, why – the UK voted in the EU referendum in June 2016. * 24 June 2016 The UK has voted to leave the European Union. On referendum day I surveyed 12,369 people after the...
If you enjoyed the last presidential election, you’ll be delighted by the thought that we’re only 20 months away from the next one. Characteristically enough, Donald Trump declared his intention to seek a second term earlier than any previous incumbent...
In the latest edition of the Ashcroft in America podcast I speak to Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary on Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, about the President’s record, the prospects for 2020, his likely opponent, and communicating with sce...
Last week’s pause in the parliamentary shenanigans over Brexit provided an opportunity to hear what the voters made of it all. This I did with a round of focus groups, conducted in London, Plymouth, Leeds and Newcastle. Though few have the time or pati...
On 23 June 2016 I conducted a survey of over 12,000 people who had just voted in the EU referendum. With the politicians still talking and the 29 March deadline looming, it is worth reading again how the country voted, and why. * 24 June 2016 The UK ha...
This article was first published at TIME.com This past weekend marked the midway point between the last presidential inauguration and the next one. The contours of the race to decide who gets to deliver the next inaugural address are already beginning ...
The start of 2019 is midway between the last presidential inauguration and the next – but will it also prove the halfway point in Donald Trump’s presidency? Following up Hopes and Fears, which set out why America sent Trump to the White House, Half-Tim...
Yesterday was the second anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President. Other things being equal, the next such ceremony will take place on 20 January 2021. In other words, we are now into the second half of Trump’s term – or should that be h...
This piece was first published in the Mail on Sunday It is two years today since Donald Trump entered the White House. That means we are exactly half way between the last presidential inauguration and the next one; whether it also proves to be the half...
For many months before America’s midterm elections the conventional wisdom was that newly enthused Democrats, Republicans embarrassed by the antics of President Trump, and non-voters spurred into action by indignation at the state of their country’s le...
Having snoozed contentedly over the weekend while their poor orphan leader has been out trying to win support for t… https://t.co/CgfWnxAhXt
We see clearly now who the ERG playgroup really are. Bad judgement, poor timing, over-grown egos, fantasy politics,… https://t.co/RtylzwAQhz
This Brexit shambles exposes how far the Conservatives Party has degenerated. For all her faults, Mrs May remains t… https://t.co/qoek1G5deo