When Paddy Ashdown became leader of the Social and Liberal Democrats (subsequently the Liberal Democrats), he began to keep a diary. The Ashdown Diaries gives an unprecedented insight into how a modern political party is managed and a first-hand account of attempts to create a new centre left strategy in British politics. From Ashdown's early struggles to rescue his party from oblivion to the intense pressures of the 1992 election; from Europe's failure in the Balkans to Blair and Ashdown's secret plans to oust the Conservatives in 1997, these diaries provide a fascinating portrait of a key period in our recent history.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 11 / 2000