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Ashdown to get university honour
Lord Ashdown is to get an honorary degree
Lord Ashdown is to get an honorary degree
Former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster.

It is in recognition of his peace-keeping work as the international community's High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He will receive a Doctor of Laws this summer at a ceremony in the Millennium Forum, Londonderry, close to the university's Magee Campus.

Lord Ashdown was born in New Delhi, but grew up in Northern Ireland.

He returned to the province as a Royal Marines officer when the Troubles started in the early 1970s.

His political career peaked in 1988 when he was elected Liberal Democrat leader, a post he held until 1999.

After standing down from the Commons in 2001 he was elevated to the House of Lords and appointed as the UN High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a post in which he served until 2005.

Lord Ashdown became a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 2006 New Year Honours List in recognition of his work in the Balkans.

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