Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon

Former MP

Liberal Democrat

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  • Royal Marines - Question 4 Apr 2017

    My Lords, the Minister has generously acknowledged that what Britain needs in these uncertain times is forces that are fast, flexible and mobile. As he rightly said, the Royal Marines are second to none worldwide with that capacity. If this is about hard choices, would it not be to play fast and loose with the nation’s defence to place the strength and capability of the Royal Marines at...
  • European Council - Statement 14 Mar 2017

    My Lords, I greatly welcome the west Balkans summit. The region is in a parlous state, as many of us predicted it would be without stronger action from the EU. There has been a Russian-promoted, if not Russian-backed, coup in Montenegro; Macedonia is close to civil war; Serbia goes backwards; Croatia threatens to do the same; and Bosnia continues to unravel. However, the summit will follow...
  • European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons 13 Mar 2017

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Liberal Democrat Peer

Entered the House of Lords on 24 July 2001

Previously MP for Yeovil until 14 May 2001 — General election

Positions held at time of appointment: Member of Parliament for Yeovil, 1983-2001. Liberal spokesman for Trade and Industry, 1983-86; Alliance spokesman on education and science, 1987; Liberal Democrat spokesman on Northern Ireland, 1988-92; Leader, Social and Liberal Democrats, 1988-89, Liberal Democrats, 1988-99. (from Number 10 press release)

Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election

Also represented Yeovil

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Science and Technology Committee (Commons) (15 May 2000 to 11 May 2001)
  • Leader of the Liberal Democrats (16 Jul 1988 to 9 Aug 1999)
  • Member, Members' Interests Committee (6 Mar 1984 to 26 Feb 1986)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 May 2001.

1. Remunerated directorships
Time Computers Ltd. (non-executive, with specific interest in e-commerce matters)
UK Board of Independent News and Media.
Such remunerations as are attached to the above posts will not be received by me personally but will be supplementing my office costs allowance and in political and charitable contributions.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Occasional payment received for newspaper and magazine articles, television appearances, and for talks given to companies and other bodies.
9 December 1999, fee for a speech to a paper company paid by Celebrity Speakers.
23-24 March 2000, fee for a speech to an information technology company paid by Performing Artistes.
Contract with Penguin Books for publication of my diaries.
Consultant on venture capital in the human and knowledge management areas to Catalyst Fund Management & Research Ltd.
Such remunerations as are attached to the above post will not be received by me personally but will be supplementing my office costs allowance and in political and charitable contributions.
20 November 2000, fee for a speech to an international financial company paid by Speakers for Business.
6. Overseas visits
22 January 2000, to Paris to attend the 'Your Future in Europe' seminar, all travel and accommodation costs for my wife and myself were met by the seminar organisers. (Registered 1 March 2000)
10-12 March 2000, to Paris to attend a conference organised by the New Atlantic Initiative on Balkan strategies. All costs were met by the conference organisers. (Registered 14 March 2000)
17-21 July 2000, to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, on a fact-finding visit. All costs were met by the Open Society Institute, Washington DC. (Registered 25 July 2000)
6-12 October 2000, to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Bosnia Herzegovina, on a fact-finding visit. All costs were met by the Open Society Institute, Washington DC. (Registered 17 October 2000)
21-22 November 2000, to Vienna to attend various events publicising the publication of my book. All costs were met by the British Bookshop in Vienna. (Registered 8 December 2000)
16-19 February 2001, to Geneva to attend various events publicising the publication of my book. All costs were met by the British Residents Association in Geneva. (Registered 28 February 2001)
18-23 March 2001, to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Bosnia Herzegovina, on a fact-finding visit. All costs were met by the Open Society Institute, Washington DC. (Registered 24 March 2001)
10. Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
I own shares in Westland PLC in order to attend the AGM, whose value is less than £100.

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