Paddy Ashdown, former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrat party, has died at the age of 77. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown has died at the age of 77 after a short illness. The politician and former Royal Marine, who led the Lib(...)

Supporters of the British Conservative Party react during the count at Wandsworth Town Hall after local government elections in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Britain’s two main parties emerged from local elections in England in a draw, with Labour making gains but failing to capture target councils from the(...)

Newly-elected  Liberal Democrat leader  Vince Cable  during a press conference to announce his  leadership, in London, Britain. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Veteran politician Vince Cable was elected unopposed to lead the UK’s pro-European Liberal Democrats on Thursday, promising to restore the party’s inf(...)

UK MP Norman Lamb, who has confirmed he is to stand for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following Nick Clegg’s resignation. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Norman Lamb has confirmed he will be standing for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats after being widely tipped as a frontrunner to replace Nick C(...)

Former Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron. The  party’s leaders in  Scotland and Wales have called for Mr Farron to ‘step up’ to succeed Nick Clegg. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Former Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron has been urged to “step up” and lead his party in the wake of last week’s “devastating” general election(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg during his acceptance speech following his re-election in Sheffield Hallam. The Liberal Democrats are facing up to the results of a ‘painful’ election night.  Photograph:  EPA/Nigel Roddis

The scale of the electoral drubbing inflicted on the Liberal Democrats was becoming clear after what leader Nick Clegg dubbed a “painful” night for th(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at a  nursery: ‘I have a moral and, I think, a democratic obligation to listen to and to speak to, if they choose to talk to the Liberal Democrats, the party that has got the greatest mandate first, even if they haven’t won outright.‘ Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has insisted he has “a moral obligation” to speak with the largest party about trying to form a coalition after the(...)

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg visits the Airbus factory in Filton: “Workers across the public sector have made enough sacrifices.” Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg’s pledge to increase public workers’ pay by inflation over the next two years if his party gets back into power – (...)

Deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam González Durántez are applauded  at the party conference in Glasgow. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Martin Harper of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sat on an armchair on stage at the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow yesterday, (...)

British deputy prime minister Nick Clegg takes part in the Liberal Democrats’ vote on airport expansion yesterday at the party’s autumn conference in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

in Glasgow Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today suffered a blow at the hands of his own party when delegates vetoed plans for new airport runwa(...)

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