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“My very best to Hastings’ fishermen” – Paddy Ashdown

March 22, 2009

nick-with-lord-ashdown16 April this year is the twelfth anniversary of Paddy Ashdown’s first trip in a Hastings fishing boat.

Speaking with Nick Perry, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, at a recent party meeting in Lewes, former Lib Dem Leader Lord Ashdown said,

“Nick, I want you to send my very best wishes to the fishermen of Hastings. I have happy memories of our 5am start, and the comradeship of the boats and the crews that I sailed with.

“I wish them well and the people of Hastings happiness and strong livelihoods in these tough times.”

Nick said,

“It was great to spend a bit of time with Paddy, and to hear that Hastings and our fishing community has made such a good and lasting impression on him.

“We are proud of this industry and heritage, and are committed to securing its future.”

Paddy Ashdown was MP for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001, and leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 until 1999; later he was the International High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (2002-2006) and is an active Liberal Democrat peer.

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